Adaptive Platform-Independent Control System for ROV Launch and Recovery

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,723.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00024-11-C-4169
Agency Tracking Number:
N093-215-0635
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N093-215
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202, Charlottesville, VA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
120839477
Principal Investigator:
Jason Burkholder
Principal Research Scient
(434) 973-1215
barron@bainet.com
Business Contact:
Connie Hoover
General Manager
(434) 973-1215
barron@bainet.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Launch and recovery of tethered remotely operated submersible vehicles is a challenging engineering problem requiring careful design and integration of hardware, software, and control algorithms. As succinctly described in the solicitation for SBIR topic N093-215, manual operation of the launch and recovery system (LARS) is dependant on operator proficiency and alertness. The overall objective of topic N093-215 is to develop an automatic actively-controlled LARS that is independent of the recovery platform, can accommodate a wide range of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and requires minimal operator intervention and in situ tuning. Barron Associates and its research partners propose an adaptive platform-independent control system (APICS) Phase II effort that will leverage the lessons-learned from the prior automatic control system testing, a new high-fidelity LARS simulation model, and the promising linear and nonlinear control laws developed in Phase I. The specific technical objectives of the Phase II program are: (1) refine LARS simulation model; (2) enhance linear control system design; (3) enhance nonlinear control system design; (4) prepare for on-board APICS demonstration, and; (5) conduct on-board APICS demonstration. In the Phase II Option, the focus will be on software finalization, user-interface and data logging, and formal software release and configuration management.

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