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Pod Mechanical Power Production

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Department of Defense
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Streamline Automation, LLC
AL Huntsville, AL 35805-6720
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Pod Mechanical Power Production
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-08-C-0277
Award Amount: $79,937.00


NAVAIR has developed the next generation electronic attack platform, the EA-18G Growler aircraft, as a replacement for the venerable EA-6B to effectively provide electronic attack and jammer escort for current Navy aircraft (F/A-18) and future aircraft (JSF). When the EA-18G enters service it will be equipped with ALQ-99 jammer pods that were initially designed for the EA-6 in the late 1960's. NAVAIR recognizes the limitations inherent in continuing to upgrade the ALQ-99, and, has identified a need for a Next Generation Jammer Pod with capabilities matched to the EA-18G. The NGJ Pod will be powered by an on-board turbine / generator to make the pod independent from aircraft power sources. The pod will require a minimum of 60 KVA of power generated at an airspeed of 250 knots, with the turbine/generator located within the body of the pod. The key metrics for pod power generation are weight and volume efficiency. An ideal solution for this application is a Tesla turbine, a tangential in-flow machine, that packages well, and requires only a short length of ducting to route air into the turbine. The proposed Phase 1 effort will focus in designing and testing a demonstration unit, to be followed by full-scale prototype fabrication and testing in Phase 2.

Principal Investigator:

Alton J. Reich
Project Manager

Business Contact:

Alton J. Reich
Project Manager
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3100 Fresh Way SW Huntsville, AL 35805

EIN/Tax ID: 223885097
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No