Small Unmanned Surface Vehicle Propulsion System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-14-C-4050
Agency Tracking Number: N121-054-0969
Amount: $994,834.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-054
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
1510 Springport Rd Suite C, Jackson, MI, 49202
DUNS: 005055582
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Ziegenfuss
 Principal Investigator
 (517) 784-8340
Business Contact
 David Sparks
Title: President
Phone: (517) 784-8340
Research Institution
The US Navy has successfully developed a man-portable, X-class Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) for shallow water coastal and riverine operations. Although the prototype USV has proven its utility during initial test and evaluation, several key technological hurdles remain. Increasing the top speed and extending the endurance through efficiency improvements would greatly improve this X-class USVs utility in the littoral battlespace. Such a vehicle could provide tireless autonomous forward scout capability for intelligence gathering operations in high-risk shallow water environments, among many other missions. Work done by PMS-406 has established the foundation of the X-class USV, and subsequent efforts funded through this SBIR opportunity will serve to increase its operational envelope by addressing the technological hurdles. The competing requirements of this vehicle necessitate innovative concepts to meet the performance goals. SeaLandAire in conjunction with Maritime Research Associates will optimize both the energy storage and power delivery approach to provide an efficient propulsion system thus increasing the top speed and extending its endurance.

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