A COMPACT, LOW-POWER SUBMERSIBLE CHEMICAL ANALYZER PAYLOAD FOR AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0057
Agency Tracking Number: N032-0545
Amount: $69,947.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: N03-223
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
SUBCHEM SYSTEMS, INC.
665 North Main Road, Jamestown, RI, 02835
DUNS: 964682348
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eugene Morin
 Senior Systems Engineer
 (401) 874-6179
 emorin@subchem.com
Business Contact
 Alfred Hanson
Title: President
Phone: (401) 874-6294
Email: hanson@subchem.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
SubChem Systems proposes to design and develop a compact, low power submersible chemical analyzer payload for deployment on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). The primary objective of this proposal is to demonstrate the feasibility of developing a Micro AUV Ready Chemical (MARCHEM) Analyzer. This device will be capable of performing real-time, rapid response measurements of trace chemicals in marine waters. This sensor will use specialized low-power, miniature, electro-fluidic and optical detection devices to accomplish the chemical analysis. The objective of the Phase I effort is to produce a system design and to investigate the feasibility for the development of a MARCHEM analyzer for ammonia as a payload for two types of AUVs: micro-sized propeller-driven vehicles and coastal gliders. SubChem Systems is working closely with the Navy to ensure that the technologies meet service needs and will be adopted by end-users. Further, we are working with the manufacturers of AUVs to ensure a pathway to commercialization and marketing.

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