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Glide Away Precision Sonobuoy

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
2208 S. Culpeper St. Arlington, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Glide Away Precision Sonobuoy
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68335-11-C-0058
Award Amount: $79,963.00


The P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft will soon be replacing the P-3 Orion. The P-8 flies at a much higher altitude than the P-3, and needs a new sonobuoy guidance system to allow sonobuoys to be placed accurately without the aircraft having to descend. This multi-phase SBIR project will develop the"Glide Away Precision Sonobuoy"(GAPS), a high-aspect-ratio parachute and navigation system that will fly a sonobuoy from 25,000 feet to a target area 25 nm away, with sub-50-yard accuracy. GAPS will be compatible with existing sonobuoy deployment systems and will require minimal changes to existing sonobuoys. When manufactured in quantity, GAPS will cost less than $1000 per sonobuoy. By enabling allow aircraft to deliver sonobuoys accurately from altitude, GAPS yields significant fuel savings, hence the Navy will realize a quick Return On Investment. Phase I will design the key elements of GAPS, followed by component construction and testing in the Option. Phase II will develop and test a complete prototype program. We will develop a full-scale version of GAPS and integrate it with a sonobuoy to for field-testing under realistic conditions. Phase III will include testing on Navy aircraft and the commencement of production and sales.

Principal Investigator:

Kevin Blenkhorn
Director of Robotics
(703) 798-8175

Business Contact:

Ari Blenkhorn
Managing Director
(415) 640-6782
Small Business Information at Submission:

Two Lights Technologies, LLC
2208 S. Culpeper St. Arlington, VA -

EIN/Tax ID: 261099841
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No