Woods Hole is Conducting Naval Autonomous Systems and Communications Research
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, is awarded a $9,693,289 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the effort titled “Autonomous Systems and Communications.” The work to be performed spans vehicle autonomy and multimodal communications. The project aims to improve base understanding of the environment through insitu sampling and autonomous decision making for the Naval research community. The capabilities in development align to the Navy unmanned campaign framework to directly work on key enabling technology outlined by the secretary of the Navy and the chief of naval operations. Work will be performed in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, with an expected completion date of August 3, 2025. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $451,000 are obligated at time of award. Funds in the amount of $100,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under N00014-20-S-B001, “Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology.” Since proposals are received throughout the year under the long range BAA, the number of proposals received in response to the solicitation is unknown. The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N00014-21-C-2028).