GhostSwimmer: Tactically Relevant, Biomimetically Inspired, Silent, Highly Efficient and Maneuverable Autonomous Fish Robot

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-C-0163
Agency Tracking Number: N08A-030-0202a
Amount: $1,874,747.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-T030
Solicitation Number: 2008.0
Small Business Information
300 Bear Hill Rd, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Rufo
 Director, Advanced System
 (781) 314-0723
 mrufo@boston-engineering.com
Business Contact
 Mark Smithers
Title: Vice President
Phone: (781) 314-0714
Email: msmithers@boston-engineering.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Operations in shallow, complex, and high current areas are becoming more and more important for Naval missions. Areas such as harbors and other close quarters navigation and operation are an expanding area of mission requirements. Specifically, surface, underwater and buried mines pose one of the most serious threats to US Navy vessels operating in littoral and very shallow waters (VSW), denying access by the Navy to critical seaways and ports such as those in the Middle East and the Pacific. The Navy needs enhanced capability beyond the performance of currently available anti-mine systems to detect, localize and neutralize such mines. Boston Engineering proposes to meet the Navys requirements for shallow water, complex environment missions with an advanced autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). This AUV, GhostSwimmer, underwent limited sea testing in summer 2012 and is ready for the next step. Our proposed program is aimed at advancing the technology, as well equipping it with the appropriate sensor/payload package, with a particular focus on littoral and VSW operational conditions.

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