Solution for Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Interfaces

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00167-05-C-0024
Agency Tracking Number: N041-092-1827
Amount: $2,456,830.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-092
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
1777 Highland Drive Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
DUNS: 969868298
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anthony Hays
 Manager-Mechanical System
 (734) 975-8777
 ahays@michiganaerospace.com
Business Contact
 Peter Tchoryk
Title: CEO
Phone: (734) 975-8777
Email: ptchoryk@michiganaerospace.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
As the Navy proceeds to update our shipboard assets through the fielding of new and innovative ship designs, the need for a modular, adaptable, multi-purpose warship becomes apparent. The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program is intended to field a multi-purpose, mission-adaptable combat ship for littoral near-coastal warfare, and to yield a platform ship capable of sustaining unmanned, automated systems in the littoral environment. Though numerous autonomous vehicles and small manned surface vessels are currently in use or planned for near-term use by the Navy, there is a distinct lack of any standardized interface that can capture and launch all types of vehicles from a common system. To meet the growing need for a single adaptable common interface, Michigan Aerospace Corporation and the University of Michigan Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering have developed a conceptual approach to a modular adaptable launch and recovery system that will meet the Navy’s needs for Offboard Organic Vehicle (OOV) handling. This Phase II effort proposes to develop this technology into a functioning system suitable for capturing and deploying a wide range of OOVs from a combat ship platform.

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