Purchase 2 REMUS AUV Simulators
Solicitation Number: EA-133C-12-RQ-1127
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Location: Eastern Region Acquisition Division
Response Date:Sep 04, 2012 10:00 am Eastern
The Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Eastern Region Acquisition Division (ERAD) Simplified Acquisition Branch on the behalf of the National Ocean Service (NOS), specifically, the Coast Survey Development Lab intends to negotiate on a sole source basis with Hydroid, Inc. using the procedures in FAR Parts 6 and 13. The Coast Survey Development Lab (CSDL) requires the purchase of two (2) Remove Environmental Measuring Units (REMUS) Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Simulators for mission simulation and verification of government owned AUVs. Collaborative operations with the U. S. Navy and other REMUS users have demonstrated the advantage of using a Simulator to validate complex mission plans. These units are proprietary in nature and specific to the vehicle they will work with. As CSDL owns and operates two (2) different Hydroid REMUS vehicles, it is necessary to purchase two (2) Vehicle Simulators.
Autonomous vehicle operations are costly and risk of loss or failure is high. The capability to simulate the mission independent from the vehicle, in the native format of the REMUS AUV system, will reduce the risks inherent in autonomous operations by allowing AUV operators an opportunity to build and verify the robustness of the mission plan and predict the response and activity of the AUV prior to deployment. These simulators will also serve to provide a realistic training scenario, without the risk of loss or damage, for current and future operators.