Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-14-P-4032
Agency Tracking Number: N132-117-0527
Amount: $79,964.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solitcitation Year: 2013
Solitcitation Topic Code: N132-117
Solitcitation Number: 2013.2
Small Business Information
Robotic Research LLC
555 Quince Orchard Road, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878-
Duns: 121257443
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Karl Murphy
 (240) 631-0008
Business Contact
 Alberto Lacaze
Title: President
Phone: (240) 631-0008
Research Institution
The objective for Phase I of WESS is to investigate a constant force winch system for use on an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) as part of the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS). The UISS provides a semi-autonomous minesweeping function with both stand-off and long endurance. The AN/AWS-10A sonar system has been targeted by the Navy to provide additional minehunting functionality from an unmanned surface vehicle (USV). Sea use of this sensor brings additional stability issues that must be dealt with to effectively use the sensor for minehunting operations. Tow cables can induce towed body motions on the sonar sensor resulting in degraded sonar imagery and issues in classifying detected mines. In Phase I, we will evaluate the proposed constant force winch, WESS, for feasibility of the system. WESS will be a hydraulic based winch system capable of exerting a constant force on the tow body from the winch, thereby reducing surge reactions on the platform and allowing for better area coverage rates while maintaining acceptable minehunting system performance requirements. Additionally, the need for adaptive control of the USV will also be investigated to determine if it is needed to meet the surge suppression requirements of the program.

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