Multi-vehicle Planning and Coordination (MPAC) System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-C-0816
Agency Tracking Number: N071-096-1470
Amount: $725,438.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-096
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
814 W. Diamond Ave., Suite 301, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878
DUNS: 121257443
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Karl Murphy
 Principal Investigator
 (240) 631-0008
Business Contact
 Alberto Lacaze
Title: president
Phone: (240) 631-0008
Research Institution
In the future, the U.S. Navy will likely use unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) as an integral part of the Navy’s transformation to a networked, more agile force. Navy planners see USVs operating extensively in ocean, littoral (coastal), and riverine areas. USVs are less vulnerable operating on the water's surface than unmanned aerial and submersible vehicles in their respective areas. Unmanned systems are increasingly being used to provide persistent littoral surveillance for a broad range of missions, including reconnaissance, force protection, mine detection, special operations, antisubmarine warfare (ASW), and intelligence collection. The ability for Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) to autonomously operate in a collaborative manner will significantly enhance mission capabilities. During Phase II, Robotic Research, LLC in partnership with General Dynamics Robotic Systems (GDRS), will develop the Multi-vehicle Planning and Coordination (MPAC) system. MPAC is a multi-vehicle control architecture that reduces the burden on the unmanned system operators while increasing both the effectiveness and efficiency of unmanned systems. The ultimate goal of such a system is to create a true force-multiplier effect with these unmanned systems. This work will conclude with a live in-water demonstration during the Phase II option.

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