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Real-Time Hull Shape Monitor

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 09-213
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Aither Engineering, Inc.
4865 Walden Lane Lanham, MD 20706-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Real-Time Hull Shape Monitor
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N65538-10-M-0115
Award Amount: $69,970.00


Aither's proposed solution will examine the development of an innovative fiber optic hull shape sensing system based on a hybrid sensing scheme to allow for the extremely large number of measurement points required for the submarine structure. During Phase I, Aither will determine the required components for this system and attempt to determine a theoretical accuracy for the proposed system. Aither will also investigate the improvements that may be realized by incorporating the first methodology of monitoring the position of the forward and aft panels relative to the center panel on each side of the submarine into the hull shape monitoring system. Aither's experience in fiber optic based shape sensing has been developed through multiple SBIR programs including towed sonar array shape estimation and aircraft wing shape measurement. Aither has developed patented, innovative technology through these programs and will leverage this experience to the fullest extent during the SBIR effort. Aither is well aware of the difficulties in not only developing a submarine hull shape monitoring system, but also with integrating the required optical fiber sensors with the submarine structure having completed ABS certification testing for a private customer on a 10 person submarine design.

Principal Investigator:

Chris Baldwin
Technical Director

Business Contact:

Jason Kiddy
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aither Engineering, Inc.
4865 Walden Lane Lanham, MD 20706

EIN/Tax ID: 205089420
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No