Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Increased Automation for RMMV Recovery Operations

Period of Performance: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Barron Assoc., Inc.
Principal Investigator


Shipboard launch and recovery of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) is a challenging engineering problem requiring careful design and integration of hardware and software. The seaway-induced relative motion between the host vessel and ROV is often difficult to measure or model, which may render automatic control approaches ineffective and force reliance on manual operation by a very small number of highly trained operators. The success of a launch or recovery is thus highly dependent on the proficiency and alertness of the operator(s). Recovery of the RMMV from the LCS Independence variant is especially challenging and labor-intensive. The overall objective of the research is to provide more robust recovery technology to enhance safety and repeatability while reducing operator workload, saving time, and reducing the risk of equipment damage. The Phase I analyses resulted in the design of a promising RMMV recovery system that Barron Associates and its research partners believe will prove to be reliable, safe, and cost-effective. The Phase II effort will feature further analysis, design, and prototype construction and will culminate in in-water testing and demonstrations.