Compact, lightweight sensor handling system for unmanned vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,999.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-07-M-0128
Award Id:
82461
Agency Tracking Number:
N063-186-0083
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator:
Anna Galea
Manager, Biomed. & Roboti
(781) 890-1338
agalea@infoscitex.com
Business Contact:
William Thompson
Contracts Manager
(781) 890-1338
bthompson@infoscitex.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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