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BIOSwimmer: In-Liquid Inspection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: N10PC20213
Agency Tracking Number: 0914010
Amount: $1,707,902.98
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB09.1-007
Solicitation Number: FY09.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-08-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-08-02
Small Business Information
411 Waverley Oaks Road, Suite 114, Waltham, MA, 02452-8414
DUNS: 005313494
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Rufo
 (781) 314-0723
 mrufo@boston-engineering.com
Business Contact
 Mark Smithers
Title: COO
Phone: (781) 314-0714
Email: msmithers@boston-engineering.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This project addresses a critical need in the nation`s infrastructure and border protection, inspection inside tanks on large ships in port. These missions must be performed in a timely, effective, and safe manner in challenging environments. The BIOSwimmer system is an end-to-end solution that includes sensing, post processing, control, and a biomimetic autonomous swimming vehicle that provides efficiency, maneuverability and payload integration capability largely unavailable in other platforms. This PH II includes development of advanced sensing to perform in-liquid inspections with accuracy and reliability as well as design and prototyping in support of a Phase II vehicle build and demonstration. Additional work includes developing support equipment and testing them in realistic situations. The team will work hand in hand with end users, DHS, and actual tanker owners to provide an appropriate solution. A full specification effort is followed by the creation of a system specification for review with end users. Testing efforts provide confidence in the resulting product`s reliability, safety and ability to be certified and approved for use in the field. PH II provides a feasible, cost effective solution with a direct path towards commercialization and insertion into several relevant markets. Commercialization is a major focus of PH II.

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