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High-G Magnetic Capture System

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Sierra Lobo, Inc.
102 Pinnacle Drive Fremont, OH 43420-2448
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: High-G Magnetic Capture System
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911QX-11-C-0065
Award Amount: $729,962.00


High-g testing through controlled deceleration has proven to be a key to the successful development of electronics that must survive gun launch. The need for this type of testing is expected to continue as the Army is driven to greater precision to reduce collateral damage, with several programs pursuing advanced Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) and improved fuzing technology. The objective of this project is to develop Sierra Lobo"s magnetic capture technology to produce controlled deceleration events that meet the needs of the PGM test programs. Magnetic capture has the advantages of simplicity, low maintenance costs, high repetition rates, and predictable performance. This technology can improve the fidelity of testing and expand its applicability by enabling a deceleration profile to be conveniently programmed. In Phase I, modeling was used to verify applicability of the technology to the Army Research Laboratory"s (ARL"s) requirements, and a setup for developmental testing was designed and fabricated. During Phase II a magnetic capture system will be delivered to ARL. Extensive testing of the system before delivery will generate refined operating procedures that minimize both operating costs and the time that personnel must spend preparing for high-g simulations.

Principal Investigator:

Philip Putman
Senior Research Scientis
(419) 499-9653

Business Contact:

George Satornino
President and CEO
(419) 499-9653
Small Business Information at Submission:

Sierra Lobo, Inc.
102 Pinnacle Drive Fremont, OH -

EIN/Tax ID: 341759655
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No