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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
Timeline
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
 jwiggins@adaptivemethods.com
Business Contact
 Judy Barhorst
Phone: (703) 968-6110
Email: jbarhorst@adaptivemethods.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

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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