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Heavy Payload and High Velocity Electromagnetic Launcher

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0120
Agency Tracking Number: N162-109-0620
Amount: $999,656.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N162-109
Solicitation Number: 16.2
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-02-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-02-15
Small Business Information
35 Wiggins Ave.
Bedford, MA 01730
United States
DUNS: 602959579
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. David Cope Dr. David Cope
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 275-9444
Business Contact
 Michael Kempkes
Phone: (781) 275-9444
Research Institution

Use of electromagnetic energy to accelerate payloads has significant advantages over conventional methods such as chemical propellant, steam, or compressed air. Systems can be safer, lower wear, lower maintenance and can potentially achieve higher velocities than conventional methods. Tailoring of launch velocities and launch velocity profiles over a wide range is also readily done.The key to effective electromagnetic launchers is the creation, conversion, and delivery of extremely high peak powers (in the multi-megawatt to multi-gigawatt range) to the payload in a safe, reliable, long lived, and efficient manner. The coil gun approach being developed by DTI under this SBIR can meet these goals; there is none of the high current sliding contact associated with railgun power delivery; therefore the launcher (barrel and coils) can be built to have minimal (theoretically near-zero) wear. Solid state electronics and modern energy storage capacitors have the potential for long lives as well.DTI is advancing this technology in two categories, heavy payloads accelerated to modest velocities and light payloads to high (supersonic / hypersonic) velocities.

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