Compact, lightweight Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) with robust navigation and range for riverine reconnaissance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-C-0161
Agency Tracking Number: N102-182-0308
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-182
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
FarCo Technologies, Inc.
95 Joralemon Street, Suite 1, Brooklyn, NY, -
DUNS: 961727752
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Prashanth Krishnamurthy
 Senior Project Manager
 (347) 534-7018
 pkrishnamurthy@farcotech.com
Business Contact
 Brenda Homick
Title: Vice President
Phone: (347) 613-5155
Email: bhomick@farcotech.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The objective of this Phase II SBIR project is to develop and experimentally demonstrate a compact lightweight Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) with integrated sensing system for riverine reconnaissance (bathymetry and water current), robust autonomous upstream and downstream navigation, and bathymetric SLAM with minimal reliance (possibly none) on GPS availability. The development of an AUV for efficient and accurate spatial sampling with the required characteristics outlined above poses multiple technical challenges and an effective solution involves multiple innovative technological ingredients to overcome significant challenges arising from the requirements of compactness, high range, ability to transit upstream, and autonomous GPS-independent navigation. The proposed AUV system utilizes a synergistic combination of hydrodynamically efficient hull and propulsion designs, power management, an optimized integrated sensor suite, energy-efficient path planning and control algorithms, obstacle avoidance system, data fusion and navigation, and geo-referencing and SLAM algorithms to achieve a compact vehicle with extended upstream range and reliable autonomous operation in incompletely known riverine environments with intermittent GPS availability. The proposed project addresses the development of the AUV, designs and implementations of its hardware and software subsystems, hardware-in-the-loop simulation studies, and field testing of experimental prototypes of the AUV.

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