MODULAR AEROSTAT COMMUNICATIONS RELAY (MACREL)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,669.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00024-13-P-4590
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N131-039-0582
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N131-039
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
555 Quince Orchard Road, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
121257443
Principal Investigator:
KarlMurphy
Senior Engineer
(240) 631-0008
murphy@roboticresearch.com
Business Contact:
AlbertoLacaze
President
(240) 631-0008
lacaze@roboticresearch.com
Research Institute:
Stub




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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