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Unique High Precision Spectrometer for Warm X-ray Development and Model…

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Department of Defense
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
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2001 / SBIR
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8350 Alban Road, Suite 700 Springfield, VA 22150
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Unique High Precision Spectrometer for Warm X-ray Development and Model Benchmarking
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Contract: DTRA01-01-P-0139
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Drilling has been an integral part of defense community weapons effects testing for over 40 years. Hard target defeat programs have required specialized drilling technology in the creation of test targets and in the monitoring of weapons tests, that canonly be accomplished by directional drilling. Unfortunately the cost of conducting directional drilling, the typical use of large volumes of water during drilling and its subsequent impact on the test environment, and the detrimental effects of themovement of large drilling rigs over the test sites has resulted in the abandonment of the benefits that could be derived from accurately placed instrumentation. The proposed Light Autonomous Directional Drilling System is transportable by a pick-up truck,drills dry, is cost effective to use, and other than the air compressor, the hardware is man portable. The system builds on proven off-the-shelf pneumatic drilling technology and existing position location navigation technology. The key innovationnecessary to prove the feasibility of this system is a downhole Pneumatic Advancing Rotational Steering System. A prototype design has been developed and described in this proposal. Phase I involves the refinement of the design, manufacture of theprototype and laboratory testing of its capabilities to prove feasibility.The proposed system (the Pneumatic Advancing Rotational Steering System) has direct application to the drilling of far reaching horizontal oil production wells. Horizontal,slim-hole, and coiled tube drilling started to pick up in activity in the late 1980's and have been on a steady increase of use ever since. Difficulties with coiled tubing include limitations on the amount of thrust and torque which can be transmitted fromthe surface and the size and expense of their rigs. The proposed systems eliminates these constraints. UTD will work with existing Oil and Gas company partners in the commercialization of this new technology.

Principal Investigator:

John Hill III
Principal Engineer

Business Contact:

John Hill III
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10242 Battleview Parkway Manassas, VA 20109

EIN/Tax ID: 541083026
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No