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High Speed (15 kts) Long-Length Fiber Optic Deployment System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
75224
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-075-1727
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Tethers Unlimited, Inc.
11711 N. Creek Pkwy S., Suite D113 Bothell, WA 98011-8804
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: High Speed (15 kts) Long-Length Fiber Optic Deployment System
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00039-06-C-0061
Award Amount: $874,822.00
 

Abstract:

The overall objective of this SBIR effort is to develop fiber optic winding and packaging processes to enable low-cost production of wound fiber optic packages that can deploy reliably at high speeds underwater with minimal signal attenuation. Our goal for the Phase II project is to complete the effort ready to supply wound fiber optic packages for use in qualification testing and operational use of the communications buoy systems currently in development by Navy-funded contractors. To accomplish this goal, we will focus work tasks on the following technical objectives: Refine winding process to enable reliable, highly-automated "turn-key" winding of fiber optic packages; Finalize spool housing design for interfacing to other comm. buoy components; Develop a small-diameter, neutrally buoyant, bend-insensitive optical fiber to enable 15km+ lengths of fiber to be packaged into communications buoys. Perform at-sea tests using full comm. buoy and launcher. Key to the proposed approach is the development and perfection of our low-attenuation, low deployment-drag winding process in conjunction with the full automation of the winding machine.

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey Slostad
Chief Engineer
4254860100
slostad@tethers.com

Business Contact:

Robert P. Hoyt
President, CEO, & Chief S
4254860100
hoyt@tethers.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TETHERS UNLIMITED, INC.
11807 N. Creek Pkwy S., Suite B102 Bothell, WA 98011

EIN/Tax ID: 911834561
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No