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Multi-purpose Above/Below Surface Expendable Sonde

MASED (‘May-Z-D’) is one of Boston Engineering’s low-cost, modular, configurable, family of versatile maritime sondes/profilers that collect critical data such as conductivity, temperature, and depth (CTD) and meet multiple research, commercial, and defense needs. MASED addresses rapid intensification and other critical research applications by taking multiple, targeted profiles in the ocean’s critical areas Features Expendable or recoverable Multiple, untethered dives followed by resurfacing (“profiles”) Onboard power (rechargeable optional) Low-cost, replaceable conductivity, temperature, depth sensors standard (other sensors possible) Automatic satellite communications Hand, vessel, or air-droppable AVAPS sized & launched Allows colocation of AVAPS atmospheric and ocean data Flexible, robust expanding antenna mast for robust comms Technology Highlights 16.5 in. long x 2.75 in. diameter with air drop kit attached (shown) – AVAPs size 2.6 lbs. dry weight (wet wt.: neutral) Self-releasing & detaching parachute Operational depth rating: 200m (deeper profiles possible) Standard number of profiles: 5+ *use dependent Standby time: Weeks Iridium communications Easy to use/launch, Programmable profiles Standard sensors: Conductivity, Temperature, Depth GPS IMU Ask about other comms & sensors Prototypes available.  Product ready for sale 2022/23. Contact Michael Rufo Vice President for Research and Development Tel:  781-314-0723 Email:  mrufo@boston-engineering.com Federal Procurement – Sole Source Information The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds.

Blue Ocean Gear Smart Buoy on the dock in a pile of fishing line

Blue Ocean Gear Smart Buoy

The Blue Ocean Gear Farallon Smart Buoy System allows commercial fishing fleets to monitor the location and movement of their deployed fishing gear — anytime, anywhere. Fishermen can navigate to precise coordinates instead of approximate waypoints even if weather, wind, or waves move the gear, saving hours of work and gallons of fuel every trip. Smart Buoys have been successfully deployed in North America’s most demanding fisheries, from Alaskan king crab to Atlantic longline and are compatible with most deployed gear including pots, longlines, gillnets, FADs, aquaculture, and ropeless gear. This compact, rugged, depth-rated buoy works by transmitting position and motion sensor data via the most encompassing satellite network in the world, so there are no black-out zones, no matter how far from shore or the vessel. No special equipment or training is needed to set up or deploy the system, and the gear turns on automatically when deployed. Data is compatible with multiple interfaces, each appropriate for different conditions. For quick checks, the Buoy Locator mobile app provides essential data to find your buoys or highlight unusual behavior. Customizable SMS alerts are also available to highlight activity. When onshore, the BlueVue web interface provides historical location, sensor data, and analytics. Offshore, integration with an onboard chart plotter is also available. Each user only sees their own Smart Buoys, though there is also the option to share buoy locations with other vessels to avoid gear conflict. View Full Specifications National Fisherman Article Federal Procurement – Sole Source Available The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds. Contact Information Ryan Lind, Blue Ocean Gear, Sales ManagerRyan.Lind@blueoceangear.com+1-305-298-5163www.blueoceangear.com

OptoKnowledge Methane Sensor Package shipboard ready for deployment

OptoKnowledge – InSitu Methane Sensor

OptoKnowledge has developed a methane sensor, which can determine both the concentration and the carbon isotope ratio of methane while operating in-situ at depth. The sensor combines a novel laser absorption spectroscopy gas sensor with a membrane-free approach to water sampling and was developed under funding from the NOAA SBIR Program. The sensor has been demonstrated in a CTD deployment (June 2021) and will further be utilized by NOAA researchers on a ROV (July 2022). The approach will provide significantly more data and at a cost savings as compared to the analysis of returned samples. Sensor Capabilities There is a critical need for deep ocean chemical sensors that can address outstanding questions in oceanography and earth science, including the role of methane in the global carbon cycle. Current measurement strategies involve collecting a limited number of samples, which are initially processed on-board ships, and then later analyzed in a shore-based laboratory through a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. An in-situ, real-time methane sensor could provide the ability to analyze a far greater number of samples, as well as spatially resolve variations and better target measurement locations. This enhanced capability would facilitate: Undersea Methane Vents (CREDIT: OptoKnowledge) Finding methane seep and hydrothermal vent sites Understanding the fate of methane in the water column Quantifying the extent of microbial activity in vent systems Track methane production and fractionation in real-time. OptoKnowledge Systems, Inc. (OKSI) was founded in 1991 and specializes in developing turn-key sensors for challenging environments. The office is located in Torrance, CA. Jason Kriesel, OKSI, Lead Scientist jason.Kriesel@optoknowledge.com | 310-756-0520 https://optoknowledge.com/environmental-sensing/ Federal Procurement – Sole Source Information The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds.

CREARE Open Water Logger

Wireless Open Water Logger for Ocean Sampling

The Wireless Open Water Logger (WOWL) Project is a NOAA-funded effort by Creare LLC, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. The goal is to enable large-scale opportunistic ocean sampling by developing a low-cost, reliable, and open-source ocean temperature and depth logger. Changes in ocean temperature have a profound impact on the productivity of fisheries and aquaculture. Sampling offshore ocean temperatures, particularly at depth, is challenging and expensive. Opportunistic sampling from fishing gear can address this sampling need. Commercial fishermen are more and more aware of the correlations between water temperature and harvest. Existing programs, such as Environmental Monitoring on Lobster Traps (EMOLT, a collaboration between NOAA and the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation), have capitalized on this on a small (but ever increasing) basis. These data are already contributing to our understanding of links between temperature and catch. Expanding these programs is hindered by the high cost of sensor nodes and the need for integrating data-transmission hardware with the host ship. A simpler and less expensive approach is needed. The WOWL is designed to inexpensive, rugged, and easy to use. The WOWL integrates with users’ smartphones (via Bluetooth Low Energy and a free application), eliminating the need for dedicated hardware to retrieve and upload data. No ship integration is necessary. Our vision for the future is that data are geo-tagged by the smartphone and then uploaded to an existing, cloud-based, and publicly accessible data repository. The data can be accessed via standard, open data formats (e.g., CSV text files) from both the mobile application and the cloud repository. Data will be visualized as soon as it is uploaded via WeatherCitizen or via open online visualization toolkits. Resources: Project Website GitHub Repository For additional information please contact the Creare team at wowl@creare.com. Federal Procurement – Sole Source Information The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds.

Figure 1: Rendering of the air-deployed Black Swift S0 for use in hurricane research.

Black Swift Technologies – SØ™ UAS Platform

Black Swift Technologies works through NOAA and Air Force SBIR to Develop Multi-Mission UAS Capabilities The Black Swift SØ™ UAS is an intelligent unmanned aircraft capable of completely automatic flights at altitudes up to 15,000 feet AGL. Its unique tail design enables deep-stall landing with near vertical descent and 10-foot landing accuracy. The rapid ascent and descent allow the SØ to quickly and accurately capture 3-dimensional wind profiles at various levels. With a flight duration of up to 90 minutes, the Black Swift SØ has the endurance and comprehensive sensor suite necessary to capture a profile of upper air parameters including air temperature, wind speed and direction, dewpoint, and atmospheric pressure–quickly and efficiently. Manufactured entirely in the USA, the SØ was engineered from inception for flight s in extreme atmospheric conditions, including hurricane deployments. Its advanced avionics enables fully autonomous operation with minimal training. Designed for rapid atmospheric profiling, the SØ’s automated sampling patterns and scripting allow for “launch-and-forget” operations.  Learn More –> For procurement inquiries, contact sales@bst.aero. Federal Procurement – Sole Source Information The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds.