Retractable UUV Antenna Buoy with Smart Tether GPS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Amount:
$443,122.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-10-C-0107
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-194-0919
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-194
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
KCF Technologies, Inc
112 W. Foster Ave, Suite 1, State College, PA, 16801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
005051219
Principal Investigator
 David Kraige
 Senior Engineer
 (814) 867-4097
 dkraige@kcftech.com
Business Contact
 Jeremy Frank
Title: President
Phone: (814) 867-4097
Email: jfrank@kcftech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The primary purpose of the KCF Technologies Retractable UUV Antenna Buoy with Smart Tether GPS is to allow RF communication and GPS position update for a UUV without surfacing the vehicle. This can be done periodically by alternately surfacing and retracting the antenna, or the antenna can remain deployed while the UUV is operating, allowing constant communication during an operation. An additional benefit is the inclusion of the KCF’s Smart Tether technology, which uses orientation sensors embedded in the antenna tether to perform an accurate shape calculation of the tether, thereby allowing a position correction to eliminate watch-circle error. Thus, when the antenna is deployed, the UUV position can be determined more accurately than is possible with GPS alone. The SBIR funding will be used to refine the design of the prototype fabricated during Phase I for 21” UUVs and to develop a compact design to be used in smaller UUVs. The SBIR funding will also be used to fabricate a fully-integrated prototype to be installed in a production UUV and demonstrated in a relevant environment.

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