MODULAR AEROSTAT COMMUNICATIONS RELAY (MACREL)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-13-P-4590
Agency Tracking Number: N131-039-0582
Amount: $79,669.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N131-039
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
Robotic Research LLC
555 Quince Orchard Road, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD, -
DUNS: 121257443
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Karl Murphy
 Senior Engineer
 (240) 631-0008
 murphy@roboticresearch.com
Business Contact
 Alberto Lacaze
Title: President
Phone: (240) 631-0008
Email: lacaze@roboticresearch.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Robotic Research LLC in an exclusive partnership with Carolina Unmanned Systems (CUV) and Unmanned Systems International Corporation (UnSysCorp), is developing the Modular Aerostat Communications Relay system (MACRel). MACRel is a system for deployment and recovery of a Lightweight Aerostat System (LAS) to an unmanned surface vehicle (USV). The work will include a sensor study that allows for a low cost method for the MACRel system to identify and react quickly to changing environment conditions that influence the launch, stable flight and recovery of the LAS. Using sensor inputs, iMACRel makes it possible to predict when to deploy or retract tether in order to decrease strain on the aerostat and the tether itself. The objective is to increase the communications range between the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) seaframes and Mission Package Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) by developing a modular aerostat communications relay system for the radio that is semi-autonomously deployed and retrieved from the LCS Unmanned Influence Sweep System USV.

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