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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-C-0145
Agency Tracking Number: N074-037-0097
Amount: $494,081.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-T037
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6650 Eli Whitney Drive, Suite 400, Columbia, MD, 21046
DUNS: 016565277
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Merrill Umbreit
 Principal Engineer
 (443) 766-7963
Business Contact
 Eric Rees
Title: CFO/COO
Phone: (443) 766-7860
Research Institution
 Thomas C Austin
 266 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA, 2543
 (508) 289-2894
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
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.

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