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Buoyancy Control Package for Miniature Undersea Sensors

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
59607
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N02-088-17
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Webb Research Corp.
82 Technology Park Drive East Falmouth, MA 02536
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Buoyancy Control Package for Miniature Undersea Sensors
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N66604-02-C-4445
Award Amount: $69,517.00
 

Abstract:

"Littoral antisubmarine warfare and surveillance plans incorporate a vision of a distributed network of miniature, neutrally buoyant, undersea sensors capable of maintaining a desired depth at 10 to 1,000 meters or a position on a 5 to 20 degree Celciustemperature contour. A miniature vehicle is proposed which will carry the sensor system and will equilibrate on a predetermined isothermal surface. The operation exploits a change-of-state in a control substance, which acts to both measure thetemperature and deliver work to change the vehicle buoyancy.No battery or other stored energy is used. The work done results from heat flow from the ocean thermocline. This approach can also be used to create a vehicle which cycles vertically indefinitely, a perpetual oscillator, which draws all propulsion energyfrom the thermocline. Very small devices are practical. Initial designs are for the sensor package total volume of approximately 32 ml. A provision for one time ascent to the surface for radio communication is included. The use of a large number ofsmart, expendable, miniature probes for detection of submarines in the littoral environment may prove to be an important Navy tool. If a success for the Navy, it would be procured in larger quantity, i.e., 10,000 per batch, an attractive commercialopportunity.Quantity manufacture may result in an attractive low-cost platform with application in dynamic littoral ocean observation, turbulenc

Principal Investigator:

Douglas C. Webb
Principal Investigator
5085482077
dwebb@webbresearch.com

Business Contact:

Douglac C. Webb
President
5085482077
dwebb@webbresearch.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Webb Research Corp.
82 Technology Park Drive East Falmouth, MA 02536

EIN/Tax ID: 042746739
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No