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In-Stride Net Penetration Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-06-M-0164
Agency Tracking Number: N061-054-0220
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-054
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-05-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-04-15
Small Business Information
4625 Industry Lane, Durham, NC, 27713
DUNS: 932142052
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Frederick Vosburgh
 (919) 405-3993
Business Contact
 Jeffrey Bourn
Title: CFO
Phone: (919) 405-3993
Research Institution
We propose investigating new technology for cutting fishing nets, both for commercial fishing or that may be deployed for UUV denial purposes. The envisioned technology is conformal and modular, intended initially for the MRUUV but scalable to larger and smaller vehicles. It is intended as an affordable system requiring minimal space and energy, while providing redundancy in capabilities through the use of complementary technologies. The system will be capable of multiple penetrations and it avoids using expendables which might become exhausted or betray presence of the vehicle. BENEFITS: The UUV Master Plan calls for UUVs to operate in denied littoral regions where fishing nets will be deployed for fishing by commercial interests or for denial by adversaries. Operating autonomously, such vehicles must be able to severe such nets or risk being entangled and lost at sea or being denied timely access to their area of operations. The financial costs of loss in addition to the risk to mission success associated with being denied or delayed are unacceptable. By providing a means for in-stride penetration of nets, the proposed technology will reduce the cost of UUV and increase their chances of timely, successful completion of their mission. In commercial applications, the ability to free itself from entanglements will permit broader use of UUV by reducing the risk of loss or of costly recovery operations.

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