Semi-Autonomous, Reliable, Safe Recovery of the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV) in Various Sea States.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-13-P-4595
Agency Tracking Number: N131-041-0525
Amount: $79,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N131-041
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
1063 Koohoo Place, Kailua, HI, -
DUNS: 046076563
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ronald Seiple
 President and CEO
 (808) 261-4888
Business Contact
 Ronald Seiple
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (808) 261-4888
Research Institution
This effort utilizes a new Launch and Recovery (L and R) System called Soft Rail. Soft Rail significantly eliminates the surface motion by deploying a unique depressor/drogue (D/d) system from two lines underwater below the surface interface conditions. These lines extend to the ship and are referred to as"Soft Rails"because they are tensioned by the D/d system. The D/d is inherently stable underwater and significantly reduces the surface motion in these lines. Thus payloads are stable as they traverse the Soft Rails on a trailer-like launch and recovery carriage. This operation is analogous to a gondola traversing a suspended cable. All this is done while the ship remains underway further reducing motion. Soft Rail has been successfully demonstrated at sea off the SEAL support ship the C Commando. Soft Rail can be used to L and R just about any payload including; surface RHIB"s, UAV, RMMV"s and perhaps even large UAV"s. Soft Rail may be the most significant advancement to at-sea L and R since the development of the Davit.

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