Active Tech Scouting Effort

Micro Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV)

401 Tech Bridge is conducting a Tech Scouting effort to procure (3) Micro UUVs to be used for gathering environmental measurements in the ocean for test and evaluation.

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Evaluation of Technical Criteria

The evaluation criteria for this CTI is based on the proof-of-concept meeting the requirements specified in the tasking OR by demonstrating a subset of the requirements with a feasible plan to meet all requirements in a future proof-of-concept or prototype.


Identify and procure compact (“micro”) autonomous vehicles or underwater drones capable of gathering environmental measurements in the ocean for test and evaluation.

Requirements include

  • Maximum ocean depth of 100 Meters or greater
  • Positional accuracy within 5 meters or better
  • Surface range 10km or more
  • Portable for small boat work, diver-deployable, can be carried on commercial aircraft in checked luggage
    • Weight 5kg or less
    • Length 100cm or less
    • Diameter 10cm or less
  • Rugged enough for surf zone work, drops from ship deck (i.e. 3-5-meter height)
  • User can customize missions
  • Open source software that can be integrated with existing and future command and control interfaces
  • Interface and communications between multiple units
  • Sensors must include
    • Conductivity (salinity)
    • Temperature
    • Depth

“Nice to have” sensors:

  • Passive acoustics (hydrophone) integrated into vehicle
  • Chlorophyll
  • pH
  • Dissolved oxygen


Identify potential solutions and associated vendors that can address this need. Coordinate calls to review costs, timetable and logistics.

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