Tridentis was just awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). During the execution of this contract, Tridentis will perform a “clean sheet” design of an autonomous mobile surface coastal monitor that uses “green” power sources, has modular capability to allow for “plug and play” of new sensors and technology, and provides calibration/validation for NOAA and other optical satellite sensors.
Tridentis will design a highly efficient, stable platform that makes the use of green power for propulsion and systems power, that makes it attractive for unmanned surface vessel (USV) operations. This is significant because green energy sources are typically not as energy dense as fossil fuels, which can hamper the design process.
This platform will be designed around one or more modular sensor bays to support the employment of a multitude of sensors as they are needed by the five line offices within NOAA. We intend on designing the modular bay to be easily serviceable while attempting to standardize the interfaces where possible.
By approaching this requirement with a clean sheet design, we can enhance the power efficiency and utility of the platform that would otherwise have been an add-on to an existing vessel. The platform itself will be a custom design developed to support the coastal sensing mission. It will be flexible enough to allow for almost any sensor to be easily retrofitted, and will employ sensors for atmospheric, sea/air interface, and subsurface parameters.
The design that will come out of this Phase I SBIR will have multiple applications that could impact numerous agencies outside of NOAA. This design could also have significant applications for the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard.