Advanced Littoral Combat Ship Common Mission Module Handling Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-14-P-4035
Agency Tracking Number: N132-120-0741
Amount: $79,944.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N132-120
Solicitation Number: 2013.2
Small Business Information
6650 Eli Whitney Drive, Suite 400, Columbia, MD, 21046-1701
DUNS: 016565277
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Zhao
 (443) 766-7978
Business Contact
 David Lupi
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (443) 766-7862
Research Institution
ATR proposes development of a Robotic Mission Module Handling System (RMMHS) to provide a highly adaptable and mobile handling device that is common to both LCS seaframes. The new system will serve as a replacement for the existing handling equipment for Mission Modules (MMs). The conceptual system takes advantage of ATR"s recent work in robotic material handling and automation. The RMMHS is designed to address the challenges and limitations of existing handling equipment aboard the Freedom and Independence variants seaframes. This modular approach takes advantage of the structural strength of the TEU or flat rack to eliminate excess equipment weight while minimizing the deck space taken up by the handling system when not in use. The small size of the RMMHS allows the operator to address and transfer a MM from any deck arrangement with minimal clearance between neighboring modules or ship structure. The intuitive remote control operation of the RMMHS is expected to reduce crew training requirements. The RMMHS is also more cost-effective to operate compared to the existing material handling equipment on both LCS seaframes.

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