Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Tow Point Surge Reduction for Towed Body Stabilization

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,859.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00024-14-P-4033
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N132-117-0850
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N132-117
Solicitation Number:
2013.2
Small Business Information
1850 Frankfurst Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21226-1024
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
188955991
Principal Investigator:
ThomasBein
PI
(443) 524-3330
beintw@mapcorp.com
Business Contact:
PeterMacShane
Director - Business Deve
(443) 524-3330
macs@mapcorp.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Presently the performance of the AQS-20 is degraded when towed from a Fleet Class USV due to surge motion fluctuations. The ability to decouple the surge fluctuations between the USV and the towed body will enable the USV platform to achieve acceptable mine hunting system performance. This proposal will examine three methods of surge motion reduction: vessel speed control, a motion compensated winch and a means to control the cable catenary. A simulation model of the USV, tow cable and towed body will be developed. The model performance will be validated with existing Navy supplied data. The three surge motion mitigation strategies will then be evaluated with the simulation model. In addition to the motions of the tow body, a trade study will also include the parameters that impact the mission endurance of the USV. These include the added weight, cost estimates, resistance estimates, power estimates, fuel use estimates, impact to reliability, and development risk. The trade study will provide a recommendation of the surge reduction strategy that meets the motion requirements for the AQS-20 with the minimum impact to the mission endurance of the USV. A Phase I option initiates an optimization, followed by a detailed design of the selected strategy.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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