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Biologically-informed Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (BIUUVs)​

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: W911NF-22-P-0028  
Agency Tracking Number: O21C-007-0057
Amount: $249,678.49
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD21C-007
Solicitation Number: 21.C
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-06-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-06-14
Small Business Information
300 Bear Hill Rd
Waltham, MA 02451-1111
United States
DUNS: 005313494
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Rufo
 (781) 314-0723
Business Contact
 David Shane
Phone: (781) 314-0760
Research Institution
 The University of Virginia
 Hilary Bart-Smith
1001 North Emmet Street, PO Box 400195
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4195
United States

 (434) 924-0701
 Nonprofit College or University

High performance underwater operation with low probability of detection in challenging areas can provide significant value across many naval missions. There is an ongoing desire for greater range, endurance, and speed for unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). Bio-informed UUV designs offer potential improvements, particularly in swimming speed. Boston Engineering is proud to offer “bio-robotics convergent evolution”: a solution based on the combined technology and expertise of our world class team. Our team includes leaders in bioinspired robotics: Dr. Hilary Bart-Smith, her team at the University of Virginia, Dr. George Lauder of Harvard University, and Boston Engineering, producers of GhostSwimmer, the Navy’s highly successful autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that replicates the dynamics of fish to move rapidly and accurately in areas inaccessible to other vehicles. This proposal leverages the existing proven technology of Boston Engineering with the latest ground-breaking bio-informed robotic system development and analyses of our team. This combination provides major advances in UUV speed-at-low-cost of transport that is beyond state of the art and focuses on the specific challenges of this development. Our unique approach advances to well-beyond-SOTA more rapidly, provides greater probability of success in all Phases, and focuses on the right risks, while reducing the others.

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