Automated Launch and Recovery of Un-tethered, Mini-Unmanned Underwater Vehicles from Unmanned Surface Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,999.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-04-M-0165
Award Id:
70161
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-127-0080
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
62 Johnny Cake Hill, Aquidneck Corporate Park, Middletown, RI, 02842
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072118748
Principal Investigator:
DavidLussier
Vice President, R&D
(401) 847-2260
dlussier@seacorp.com
Business Contact:
BrianGilligan
President
(401) 847-2260
gilligan@seacorp.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Current development of Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) includes the exploration of various mission capabilities. One mission capability desired of future USVs is mine hunting, using Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) to perform this task. Candidate USV/UUV future platforms to perform completely unmanned UUV launch, recovery, battery recharge, and data extraction of mine hunting include the Spartan USV and the REMUS UUV. REMUS UUV R&D test deployments to date have been from manned vessels. Similarly, USV R&D test deployments of the Spartan have not yet completely demonstrated the autonomous launch and recovery of a UUV, such as REMUS. SEA CORP will investigate the application of innovative technologies to perform the completely autonomous launch and recovery of a UUV from a USV. The SEA CORP solution will address four specific UUV processes required: Launch, Recovery, Data Extraction, and Make Ready. Reliability, cost, and producibility are key factors that will be investigated for this application.

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