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Lightweight Self-Start System for T56 Engine Driven Aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-17-C-0296
Agency Tracking Number: N171-028-0101
Amount: $124,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N171-028
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-04-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-10-13
Small Business Information
10421 Burnham Drive #6C, Gig Harbor, WA, 98332
DUNS: 054758185
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Beck
 (253) 432-6754
Business Contact
 Douglas Beck
Phone: (253) 432-6754
Research Institution
The Navy needs a small, self-contained, lightweight system for starting E-2D T56 engines to allow for remote field operations. We propose to develop a Rocket Fuel Starter (RFS) to meet Navy needs. Our RFS uses a liquid-fuel rocket engine to drive a turbine that generates shaft power to start the T56 engine. We project our RFS will fit in available spaces and will weigh significantly less than 200 lbm. In Phase I, we will generate an initial design of our RFS and compare our RFS design to existing solutions, in terms of Navy metrics. In Phase II, we will develop and deliver to the Navy a prototype RFS and demonstrate our RFS in a representative environment. In Phase III, we will deliver to the Navy a production representative RFS system that can be integrated onto an E-2D aircraft platform for aircraft-level testing. We will also sell our RFS for many other government and private-sector applications that require a starter that can produce high power with a compact and lightweight machine.

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