Autonomous Watercraft Docking and Refueling Architecture (AWDRA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-09-M-0015
Agency Tracking Number: N082-177-0358
Amount: $69,815.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-177
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
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 Systems
 (734) 975-8777
Business Contact
 Pete Tchoryk
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (734) 975-8777
Research Institution
With the increased emphasis in recent years on expanding the Navy’s capabilities in littoral battlespace, there has been an increasing demand for self-sustaining autonomous vehicle networks that can support this expansion. Manned refueling and servicing of surface vehicles is currently possible, but imposes a significant degree of risk on the crew; bringing the autonomous vehicles back to a host ship for refueling and replenishment takes time and effort away from the assigned mission. Michigan Aerospace Corporation proposes to leverage its extensive technical experience in the field of autonomous servicing systems to develop a common, robust, multi-platform-capable refueling system architecture. The Autonomous Watercraft Docking and Refueling Architecture (AWDRA) will provide for a compliant capture system that is used in a bow-to-stern rendezvous and docking operation between an automated surface tender and a target surface vehicle in need of replenishment while both vehicles are moving forward in up to Sea State 3 conditions.

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