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User-Friendly 3D Environmental Profiler AUV

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R06CN0159
Agency Tracking Number: NOAA 06-35
Amount: $95,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.3
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2006-1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
4625 Industry Lane, Durham, NC, 27713
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Frederick Vosburgh
 President
 (919) 405-3993
 rvosburgh@nektonresearch.com
Business Contact
 Charles Pell
Title: Director, S&T
Phone: (919) 405-3993
Email: cap@nektonresearch.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We propose Ranger ES, a low cost, autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) for three-dimensional profiling and water samplings of chemical, physical, and biological parameters of oceanic and fresh waters. The AUV will be programmable by point and click to analyze a volume of water continuously for the selected parameters. After returning for pickup after a day¿s run, it will download its data into an intuitive graphical user interface and visual profiling tool, which will permit the user to draw inferences while still in the field, as well as storing the run¿s data for further analysis. The system¿s continuous, granular profile volumes captured with reduced cost of personnel and ship- time imposed by existing technology will enable new insights into aquatic systems for research, management, or regulatory purposes. Specific capabilities of the initial design will be derived from interviews of potential end users both before and after a live technology demonstration.

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