Stable Platform Module for Ships (Phase II)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-C-0173
Agency Tracking Number: N043-225-0850
Amount: $747,718.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-225
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
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
 Principal Engineer (PI)
 (301) 989-8047
Business Contact
 David Lupi
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (301) 989-8058
Research Institution
This Phase II SBIR proposes development of a stabilized motion platform for shipboard launch and recovery of UAVs on small surface combatants such as the DDG-51 or LCS. The system uses a macro-micro robotic arm to position the launch and recovery platform over the side of the ship and out of turbulence induced by the ship superstructure to provide safe, reliable recovery. The system's motion stabilizing controller allows launch and recovery operations in sea conditions up to sea state five. The proposed development program consists of two main parts: 1) developing a preliminary design for controller and essential mechanical elements of the system by using simulation to assess performance and refine the design, and 2) designing and building a fractional scale version of the mechanical design to perform a demonstration of the controller's ability to hold the platform stable in the presence of simulated ship motion. The proposed program will culminate in a feasibility demonstration: mounted on a rudimentary ship-motion simulator, the scale system will hold a platform fixed in inertial space in the presence of base motion. In the option, the recovery of a mock UAV will be demonstrated with the scale system mounted on a moving host vehicle.

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