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Modular Tethered Antennas for Undersea Platforms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-16-P-4064
Agency Tracking Number: N161-053-0162
Amount: $149,974.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N161-053
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-07-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-10-29
Small Business Information
5860 Trinity Parkway
Centreville, VA 20120
United States
DUNS: 135121148
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jim Wiggins
 (301) 947-2566
Business Contact
 Judy Barhorst
Phone: (703) 968-6110
Research Institution

Unmanned undersea platforms are increasingly being used for gathering intelligence. But if these vehicles loiter on the surface to perform their mission, they are susceptible to discovery and capture. A tethered antenna would allow the unmanned vehicle to remain underwater reducing risk from both exposure and damage from surface ships. There is a need for a modular design that can change payloads depending on mission requirements. Adaptive Methods proposes a solution to this requirement. We describe in our proposal our design for a modular, reconfigurable, tethered antenna lift body for undersea platforms that will support two-way Radio Frequency (RF) communication, imaging sensors, broadband Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) antennas, and Global Positioning System (GPS) reception. It can operate at a wide tow speed range and can lift payloads up to 10 lbs.

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