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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$494,081.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-09-C-0145
Award Id:
83481
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-037-0097
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6650 Eli Whitney Drive, Suite 400, Columbia, MD, 21046
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
016565277
Principal Investigator:
Merrill Umbreit
Principal Engineer
(443) 766-7963
mumbreit@atrcorp.com
Business Contact:
Eric Rees
CFO/COO
(443) 766-7860
erees@atrcorp.com
Research Institution:
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTIO
Thomas C Austin
266 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA, 2543
(508) 289-2894
Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
As a follow-on effort to a phase I STTR, a program is proposed for the detail design, fabrication, integration, and in-water demonstration testing of an automated Launch, Recovery, On-board Handling, and Servicing System (LROHSS) for hosting Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) aboard Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs). In the base phase of the program, the design concept shall be carried forward into sufficient detail to support fabrication and purchasing of necessary components. The mechanical components of the design will be assembled and electrical and hydraulic power distribution networks integrated. Integration of control system including controller and sensors will follow. Those aspects of the fully integrated system that can be tested will be verified in the laboratory. The LROHSS will then be transferred from the laboratory to a host vehicle for in water development testing with a free swimming UUV complete with automated homing and docking capability. The program will culminate in an in-water demonstration of launch and recovery of the UUV.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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