UUV Surface-Based Capture and Deployment (U-SCAD)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0487
Agency Tracking Number: N074-037-0291
Amount: $69,895.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-T037
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORP.
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
 Program Manager
 (734) 975-8777
 ahays@michaero.com
Business Contact
 Pete Tchoryk
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (734) 975-8777
Email: ptchoryk@michaero.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF KENTUCKY
 Laurence G Hassebrook
 Dept of Electrical and Compute
453 F. Paul Anderson Tower
Lexington, KY, 40506
 (859) 257-8040
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The capability to deploy, maintain, and retrieve a network of small unmanned underwater vehicles from an unmanned surface craft is a vital missing link for the Navy as it increases its reliance on unmanned vehicles for littoral, minesweeping and other operations. To this end, Michigan Aerospace Corporation, in partnership with the University of Kentucky, proposes to develop a fully-autonomous deployment, rendezvous, capture, and maintenance system that will leverage existing core technologies of both partners. During the Phase I effort, Michigan Aerospace Corp. will develop the mechanical and software interface for a UUV Surface-based Capture and Deployment (U-SCAD) system, and the University of Kentuckyâ?Ts Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments will provide the expertise in sensors required for close proximity capture and retrieval operations. If a Phase I Option is awarded, a dynamic simulation of the concept design will be demonstrated in a virtual environment. The end result will be a concept design that advances the state of the art in unmanned naval operations and that can be taken to a prototype demonstration during a Phase II effort.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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