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Proposal Number: 0914010
Proposal Title: BIOSwimmer: In-Liquid Inspection System
Topic Number: H-SB09.1-007
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: Autonomous (or alternative) In-Liquid Survey Vehicle
Organization: Boston Engineering Corporation
Address: 300 Bear Hill Rd
Waltham, MA 02451-1096  
Abstract: This project addresses a critical need in the nation`s infrastructure and border protection, inspection inside tanks on large ships in port. These missions must be performed in a timely, effective, and safe manner in challenging environments. The BIOSwimmer system is an end-to-end solution that includes sensing, post processing, control, and a biomimetic autonomous swimming vehicle that provides efficiency, maneuverability and payload integration capability largely unavailable in other platforms. This PH II includes development of advanced sensing to perform in-liquid inspections with accuracy and reliability as well as design and prototyping in support of a Phase II vehicle build and demonstration. Additional work includes developing support equipment and testing them in realistic situations. The team will work hand in hand with end users, DHS, and actual tanker owners to provide an appropriate solution. A full specification effort is followed by the creation of a system specification for review with end users. Testing efforts provide confidence in the resulting product`s reliability, safety and ability to be certified and approved for use in the field. PH II provides a feasible, cost effective solution with a direct path towards commercialization and insertion into several relevant markets. Commercialization is a major focus of PH II.
Award/Contract Number: N10PC20213
Period of Performance: 08/02/2010 - 08/02/2015
Award/Contract Value: $1,707,902.98
Award/Obligated Amount: $1,424,207.77