Sensors and Autonomy for Unmanned Maritime Missions
Navy SBIR 2020.1 - Topic N201-070
ONR - Ms. Lore-Anne Ponirakis - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opens: January 14, 2020 - Closes: February 26, 2020 (8:00 PM ET)
AREA(S): Ground/Sea Vehicles, Information Systems, Sensors
PROGRAM: INP: Full Spectrum Undersea Warfare
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Develop and demonstrate effective sensors and autonomous behaviors that enable
unmanned vehicles to conduct missions of relevance to the Navy.
New concepts in the employment of unmanned vehicles in Naval missions will
require suitable sensing equipment and the necessary autonomous behaviors to
support the desired mission goals. The Navy seeks sensor and autonomy solutions
that support timely and effective use of unmanned vehicles in three maritime
mission areas. Proposals must address one of these mission areas and suggest
the necessary additional vehicle modifications that are expected to be
necessary for achieving mission success. The desired vehicle classes and
mission areas are:
Identify a sensor and autonomy design that can be developed to meet the
specifications. Examine the key mission activities that require use of
autonomous behaviors. Analyze key design considerations assuming a particular
unmanned vehicle and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed
approach. Conduct a design review for the proposed concept to be pursued in a
proposed Phase II plan, including the impact on the selected unmanned vehicle.
Develop and test a prototype for the proposed approach. Complete preliminary
performance testing in a surrogate but possibly classified environment. Where
necessary, hardware in the loop simulations can be used for demonstrating
DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: In Phase III, extensively test the prototype fabricated
in Phase II and examine mission performance under nominal operating conditions
and well as performance in suboptimal environments and conditions. Potential
dual use applications include hydrographic surveys, remote monitoring of harbor
traffic, and undersea cable fault identification and repair.
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Autonomous Vehicles; Unmanned Vehicles Sensors; ASW; ASuW