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Demonstration Wave Detection, Prediction, and Reaction System (WDPRS)

In this Phase II SBIR project, Daniel H. Wagner Associates (DHWA), with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and MARK Resources, Inc. (MRI) as collaborators, will develop a prototype lightweight, low-cost Wave Detection, Prediction, and Reaction System (WDPRS) and test/evaluate its performance at-sea. The proposed WDPRS is designed to reduce the hazard of foundering and/or the violent shocks, pitches, and rolls resulting from improper handling of a small craft in elevated seas.

In Phase I, JPL helped develop the WDPRS architecture and algorithms necessary for an automatic wave characteristic determination and ride control system for autonomous USVs and assisted in the demonstration of the feasibility of predicting wave height, speed, and direction for vehicle controls.
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