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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$499,929.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-12-C-0102
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-182-1233
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-182
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
SeaLandAire Technologies, Inc.
1510 Springport Rd Suite C, Jackson, MI, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
005055582
Principal Investigator:
Brian Montague
Director of Engineering
(517) 784-8340
bmontague@sealandaire.com
Business Contact:
David Sparks
President
(517) 784-8340
dsparks@sealandaire.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
A small, lightweight, man-packable Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) would provide significant advantages for covert reconnaissance and mapping applications in riverine environments. Presently, the smallest AUVs used by the Navy are still too heavy (approximately 40 lbs dry weight) and were not designed to operate effectively in the complex shallow water environment of rivers. Through Phase 1 SBIR funding, SeaLandAire team has developed an ultra-light (~15 lbs) Compact Riverine AUV (CRAUV) design for mapping submerged obstacles. Several innovative concepts have allowed us to maintain performance margins while reducing cost, weight, and power consumption. Building on our Phase 1 success, we are proposing to fabricate and test the CRAUV in a realistic riverine environment utilizing Phase 2 SBIR funds.

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