Remote Release Device for Marine Mammal Electronic Tags

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$70,000.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0317
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-029-0370
Solicitation Topic Code:
N09-T029
Small Business Information
Wildlife Computers, Inc.
8345 154th Ave NE, Redmond, WA, 98052
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
153929518
Principal Investigator
 Roger Hill
 President and Chief Engineer
 (425) 881-3048
 tags@wildlifecomputers.com
Business Contact
 Melinda Holland
Title: CEO and Technical Director
Phone: (425) 881-3048
Email: tags@wildlifecomputers.com
Research Institution
 Alaska Sealife Center
 Russel Andrews
 301 Railway Ave.
Seward, AK, 99664 1329
 (907) 224-6344
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
Design and evaluate components for a new device for remotely releasing electronic tags that have been attached to marine animals with a focus on a novel approach for the release mechanism. Current methods for releasing tags include corrodible metal pins and mechanical devices for cutting plastic or steel wires. These methods are less reliable because the attachment wires and pins may prematurely corrode or break from mechanical stress or the cutting mechanism may jam. An ideal release mechanism would release only in response to a received radio signal from the scientist. ElectRelease epoxy, developed for military applications under an SBIR grant by EIC Laboratories, is potentially a more reliable solution for the release mechanism because it quickly degrades when a small electrical voltage is applied and has no moving parts. This proposal combines the expertise of Wildlife Computers as a leading innovator in the design, manufacture and sale of tags for marine animals for 24 years, techniques developed by Dr. Russ Andrews who has 20 years of experience in attaching to and recovering tags from marine animals, and the unique properties of ElectRelease developed by EIC Laboratories.

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