Category: Modernization

RDT&E Spotlight: Ready for Rescue prize competition

The Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) narrowed the field in the U.S. Coast Guard Ready for Rescue Challenge with a Piranha Pool pitch event. The competition seeks enhancements for personal flotation devices that will help make it easier for Coast Guard rescue personnel to find people in the water who are in need of aid.

Leading the way into space

Coast Guard Academy graduate Ensign Anita Green led a group of cadets on a capstone project to design a cube satellite meant to travel in space on a polar orbit to allow Coast Guard and other partner agencies to monitor icebergs. In theory, the satellites could save the U.S. millions of dollars. Green hopes her work on the project and in the Coast Guard lead to a career as an astronaut.

Tomorrow’s leaders designing tomorrow’s ships

Coast Guard Academy cadets in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department test out their ship design in a water-testing tank at the Academy as part of their capstone project, Feb. 14, 2019. Their capstone project is to design a replacement Waterways Commerce Cutter to ensure these vital trade routes can be cost effectively maintained through future generations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin

The Coast Guard relies upon a fleet of 31 inland river buoy tenders averaging 52 years old, becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and sustain operations that support 2.3 billion tons of waterborne commerce along the U.S. Marine Transportation System. As part of the Coast Guard Academy’s capstone requirements, a group of cadets have been working in partnership with the Coast Guard Office of Ship Design to improve and replace the Waterways Commerce Cutter.

U.S. Coast Guard “At the Intersection of America’s Future”

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz congratulates Mr. Albert Curry, Jr., Deputy Assistant Commandant for the Engineering and Logistics, during the 14th Annual Stars and stripes event in Washington, D.C., Feb. 8, 2019. The event honors members who have served with distinction supporting the Service’s efforts in mentorship, diversity, and value-based service to the Nation, and provides an opportunity for military and defense leaders in the STEM to increase interest in and passion for STEM. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jetta Disco.

The Coast Guard stood at the “Intersection of America’s Future” in early February to honor several awardees of the Black Engineer of the Year Award ceremony. The conference brought together 12,000 STEM professionals from across the nation to inspire young Americans to pursue an engineering education and to recognize the achievements of senior military leaders within the STEM professions.

Developing the way for a Coast Guard space program

The satellite communications ground station sits on the roof of Smith Hall at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. The main feature inside the radome is a 3-meter diameter parabolic dish antenna and communications components that ensure proper signals are transmitted to and received from the satellite. U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin.

There is a new landmark at the Coast Guard Academy and it is helping to launch the Coast Guard into an era of space operations.

The satellite communications ground station on the roof of Smith Hall was built by the Coast Guard Research and Development Center to support the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Polar Scout project, which successfully launched two CubeSats in December 2018, and will soon support a broad range of educational opportunities for cadets.

The Long Blue Line: Combat Cutter Pickering—lost 220 years ago, now an OPC namesake

Historians believe this to be a rendering of the cutter Pickering. If so, it is the earliest known rendering of a U.S. revenue cutter. Illustration courtesy of Coast Guard Historian’s Office.

During the Quasi War, U.S. naval authorities considered the Pickering one of their finest combat cutters. Today, 220 years later, Pickering will be recognized and remembered as one of the Coast Guard’s newest class of cutters. The cuttermen of Pickering and their heroic cutter will always remain a part of the long blue line.

Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Spotlight: Polar Scout Program Launches

The Coast Guard Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Program and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate partnered together to test the capabilities of small, inexpensive satellites – known as CubeSats – through the Polar Scout Project, including the launch of two CubeSats. The results of these tests will help improve communication in the Arctic environment, monitoring large areas for illegal activity, and helping to locate persons in distress at sea.