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Management of Intelligent Navigation for Condition-based Ocean Safe Transit (MIN-COST)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-22-C-0065
Agency Tracking Number: N201-059-0452
Amount: $1,198,597.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N201-059
Solicitation Number: 00.1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-10-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-09-11
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-4555
United States
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Drew Housten
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution

Although unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) can keep people out of harm’s way, the vehicle itself can become a target. On one hand, USVs must remain covert to avoid the vessels of pirates and hostile nations in open waters. Conversely, in peaceful times or regions, USVs can pose a collision risk with non-combatant craft (e.g., shipping vessels). Aboard manned vessels, people can actively make decisions about how exposed or covert the vessel should be. One solution for USVs is for a remote operator to make those decisions. However, the very act of communication to a remote operator may increase the USV’s exposure. Therefore, the USV must make its own decisions autonomously to manage its signature profile. To address these challenges, Charles River Analytics proposes to advance a Phase I prototype of Management of Intelligent Navigation for Condition-based Ocean Safe Transit (MIN-COST). MIN-COST is an autonomy software tool that uses an adaptive behavior-based approach to actively manage USV signatures to either increase or decrease exposure based on the current situation. MIN-COST will enable a USV to operate within the guidance and constraints previously provided by a remote operator while adapting actions based on the current situation.

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