Compact, lightweight sensor handling system for unmanned vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-07-M-0128
Agency Tracking Number: N063-186-0083
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-186
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anna Galea
 Manager, Biomed. & Roboti
 (781) 890-1338
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Research Institution
Underwater vehicles operating in littoral waters face formidable challenges – the shallow waters and relatively high currents present in these regions necessitate a compact vehicle with a considerable amount of internal space and energy devoted to propulsion. Many sensors operate best when somewhat removed from the main chassis of the UUV, necessitating a system by which to pay them out and reliably reel them back that uses a minimal amount of space and energy. Infoscitex’ proposed system utilizes a novel winding mechanism to keep the cable in as tight a configuration as possible while providing smooth handling for the sensors and preventing snags. Our system can be mounted almost anywhere in a vehicle, but most importantly it can be mounted between the propulsion and electronics modules, as commonly arranged in UUVs. Our cable encompasses both fiber optic and standard metal conduits for high data transfer rates and maximal power transfer, and is strong enough to adequately handle towed sensor arrays without requiring secondary cabling.

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