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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,895.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-07-M-0487
Award Id:
83482
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-037-0291
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
969868298
Principal Investigator:
Anthony Hays
Program Manager
(734) 975-8777
ahays@michaero.com
Business Contact:
Pete Tchoryk
Chief Executive Officer
(734) 975-8777
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 Kentucky?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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