Reduced Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Motions For Reliable Recovery

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-08-M-0038
Agency Tracking Number: N073-205-0419
Amount: $69,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-205
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
475 Bridge Street, Suite 100, Groton, CT, 06340
DUNS: 112716357
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Milewski
 Principal Scientist
 (860) 448-3253
Business Contact
 David Horne
Title: Vice President/Business Manager
Phone: (860) 448-3253
Research Institution
Safe and reliable launch and recovery of small offboard assets is important to the concept of operations for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), as they are deployed to complete a wide range of missions. The LCS design specification requires launch and recovery of watercraft to be completed within fifteen minutes in conditions through Sea State 4. These operations are expected to be difficult because many of the missions will be conducted using unmanned surface vessels (USV). Several recovery concepts have been proposed. However, the development of a single, reliable system has been complicated by the pursuit of two LCS design variants with significantly different general arrangements and seakeeping properties. This proposal describes design and analysis of a wave monitoring and control system to reduce the relative motion between the USV and the LCS during the recovery process. The wave monitoring system will be used to provide initial conditions for forecasting conditions at the LCS to estimate calm periods as well as to provide input to the control system. The overall system is intended to work with existing recovery hardware for both over-the-side and stern launch and recovery systems.

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