Advanced Vehicle Recovery System (AVRS)

Period of Performance: 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014

$980K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Advanced Optical Systems, Inc.
6767 Old Madison Pike
Huntsville, AL 35806
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV), a vital component of the Remote Minehunting System (RMS), will soon become operational from the Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). At present, the RMMV?s operating envelope is severely limited by the current recovery procedures. Consequently the Navy has determined that it needs to automate the RMMV recovery procedure. Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. proposes to continue development of the Advanced Vehicle Recovery System (AVRS). The AVRS makes minimal changes to the current LCS launch and recovery system, adding sensors and processors to the existing Twin-Boom Extendable Crane (TBEC) and its control system. During Phase I, AOS showed that the AVRS will speed up recovery by up to a factor of 15, increase the range of sea states in which recovery is possible, and reduce collisions between the RMMV and the recovery equipment to near-zero at sea states below 3.