The Navy says it will release software developed for the autonomous control of underwater vehicles to industry as government open source.
In a July 11 notice in FedBizOpps, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport says it will make the Maritime Open Architecture Autonomy developed by Cambridge, Mass.-based Draper Laboratory under a $13.08 million sole source 2010 award (.pdf) available under a government purpose license and a nondisclosure requirement.
The software will not be placed in the public domain.
The idea, the notice says, is to nonetheless mature the software through defense industrial base contributions back to the code, in anticipation of a large displacement unmanned undersea vehicle acquisition program.
The Office of Naval Research says (.pdf) the LDUUV program is meant to create unmanned undersea vehicles capable of long-term and fully autonomous deployment for the purposes of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
It's also possible the Navy could solicit next year specific proposals for unmanned maritime vehicle autonomy development, the notice states.
For more: - go to the FBO MOAA GOSS notice