Offboard Refueling Support System for Unmanned Surface Vehicles
Navy SBIR FY2008.2

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2008.2
Topic No.: N08-177
Topic Title: Offboard Refueling Support System for Unmanned Surface Vehicles
Proposal No.: N082-177-0197
Firm: Angle Inc.
7406 Alban Station Ct.
Suite A112
Springfield, Virginia 22150
Contact: William Schmidt
Phone: (703) 866-0060
Web Site:
Abstract: The proposed task creates the design for a robotic system (Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV))to control and conduct unmanned and unsupervised refueling of another USV. The concept uses an optimized boat design, light-weight low profile crane, boom end mounted robotic effector, novel hose end connection and receiver port design, and hierarchical command and control program based on the NIST Real-Time Control System RCS. The proposed work will detail the design concepts, establish the Concept of Operations, create a real-time, first person simulation of the tanker in operation connecting to a customer, and create the functional and architectural definition documents for the command and control and integrated health management systems.
Benefits: Advanced computational capability, vision implementation, and a very flexible adaptable approach to delivering fuel to an unmanned or manned craft. Commercial potential in system development tools,