ALAMO: The MRV Systems Air Launched Autonomous Micro-Observer
Navy SBIR FY2018.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-012
Topic Title: ALAMO: The MRV Systems Air Launched Autonomous Micro-Observer
Proposal No.: N181-012-0142
Firm: MRV Systems, LLC
6370 Lusk Blvd.
Suite F100
San Diego, California 92121
Contact: Neil Bogue
Phone: (800) 645-7114
Web Site:
Abstract: MRV Systems proposes to offer its existing commercially-available air-launched oceanographic profiler, the ALAMO (Air Launched Autonomous Micro-Observer), adapted to carry specific sensors of interest to the U. S. Navy. The ALAMO is an air-launched A-sized profiler that carries a high-quality conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) sensor. The ALAMO is rated to almost 4,000 ft (1200m), currently costs about $20,000 (with CTD), and can perform almost 800 profiles to 1,000 ft (300m), for a cost per profile of about $25. In Phase I, we will assess the current ALAMO design for ease of adding new sensors, research ways to increase reliability and lower the cost per profile, and address issues that may arise during the air certification process. In the Phase I option period, we will improve the pre-launch checkout and launch protocols, and create the drawing and document package that will enable a smooth transition to prototype manufacturing in a possible Phase II.
Benefits: The U. S. Navy would benefit from a relatively low-cost, persistent oceanographic environmental sensing instrument that could be launched from maritime patrol aircraft, helicopters, or surface ships. With some enhancements and modifications, the MRV Systems ALAMO profiler will perform this mission. The ALAMO could potentially provide order (1,000) profiles at a cost per profile of less than $20. The path to commercialization is clear, since the basic models of the ALAMO are already successful in the marketplace. Over 100 units have been sold to a wide variety of customers.