Littoral Navigation Autonomy for Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N66604-07-M-2921
Agency Tracking Number: O063-UM1-4039
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD06-UM1
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
139 Cottage Road, PO Box 1359, Gray, ME, 04039
DUNS: 142758098
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Curcio
 (207) 408-5879
Business Contact
 Joseph Curcio
Title: President
Phone: (207) 408-5879
Research Institution
Unmanned underwater and surface vehicles are increasingly being used to provide persistent littoral surveillance and a wide array of autonomous operations. Autonomous maritime navigation with obstacle avoidance requires adherence to the U.S. Coast Guard and International Maritime Organization (IMO) collision avoidance regulations (COLREG), a.k.a. “Rules-of-the-Road”. Robotic Marine Systems (RMS), Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ocean Engineering (MIT) have jointly developed and demonstrated baseline algorithms and multi-behavior control technologies to implement optimal safe navigation. Results from this research will also provide the critical maritime situation awareness required for Littoral Navigation Autonomy for Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV). General Dynamics Robotics Research (GDRS) have developed and demonstrated maritime situation awareness with passive video camera arrays. Automated maritime situation awareness technology will also transition to the thousands of sensor systems required for the Sea Power 21 initiatives: Sea Base Force Protection and Maritime Domain Awareness.

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