Deployable Autonomous Undersea Burial System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0307
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-017-0196
Amount: $79,893.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T017
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
9500 Innovation Drive, Manassas, VA, -
DUNS: 945837219
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Thornton
 Engineering Manager
 (858) 653-0177
 jthornton@progeny.net
Business Contact
 Christine Sigety
Title: Manager of Business Suppo
Phone: (703) 368-6107
Email: csigety@progeny.net
Research Institution
 University of California-San Diego
 Gerald D'Spain
 Marine Physical Lab, SIO
9500 Gilman Dirve, Dept 0210
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0210
 (858) 534-5517
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Bottom mounted undersea surveillance systems are required by the Navy to Detect, Classify and Localize (DCL) underwater threats during operations and intelligence gathering. To meet the needs of future naval operations they must be easily deployable from a number of platforms and autonomously perform the DCL mission and autonomously report. The primary risks to these bottom mounted surveillance systems is survivability against fishing threat and the ability to power the system for months of duration. Burial is performed for commercial bottom mounted cabled systems by large sled-type vehicles towed from a mother ship. This approach is neither rapid nor clandestine enough to meet the needs of the Navy. A"fire and forget"approach to deployment is required. Progeny Systems Corporation teamed with the University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography will research and design THETIS a deployable vehicle which will autonomously install the undersea surveillance array and protect it by burying it in the seafloor. This will be accomplished by packaging the array into a deployable canister that includes a plow share and feedpath mechanism. The cable and array would be fed through this device as the autonomous vehicle pulls it along and thereby bury and protect the cable.

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