Automated Launch and Recovery of Small, Untethered Unmanned Underwater Vehicles from Unmanned Surface Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0434
Agency Tracking Number: N074-037-0097
Amount: $69,941.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-T037
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
15210 Dino Drive, Burtonsville, MD, 20866
DUNS: 016565277
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gilbert Lovell
 PI
 (301) 989-8047
 glovell@atrcorp.com
Business Contact
 David Lupi
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (301) 989-8058
Email: dlupi@atrcorp.com
Research Institution
 JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV. APPLIED PH
 Lisa Blodgett
 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd.
Laurel, MD, 20723 6099
 (240) 228-3848
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
The scenario envisioned by the solicitation, if successfully achieved, will provide significant enhancement to the Navy's warfighting capability. The approach integrates the unique capabilities of both USVs and UUVs to provide performance gains neither can provide individually. The central technical challenge posed by the solicitation is the completely autonomous Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) launch, recovery, and mission support aboard an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV). While the capability exists for USVs to launch and recover off-board sensors, to date this has been accomplished only under human supervision from a remote USV operator. While autonomous launch of a UUV from a USV has been demonstrated, the subsequent autonomous recovery of the UUV back aboard the USV has not. The requirements to recover and service a UUV for a subsequent deployment and to operate multiple UUVs from a single USV pose significant technical challenges. ATR has developed a concept entitled the UUV Launch and Recovery, On-board Handling, and Servicing System (LROHSS) that has the potential to meet these challenges in a timeframe consistent with that set forth in the solicitation.

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