High Speed (15 kts) Long-Length Fiber Optic Deployment System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00039-05-C-0042
Agency Tracking Number: N051-075-1727
Amount: $99,709.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-075
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
11807 N. Creek Pkwy S., Suite B102, Bothell, WA, 98011
DUNS: 877425330
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Slostad
 Chief Engineer
 (425) 486-0100
Business Contact
 Robert Hoyt
Title: President, CEO, & Chief Scientist
Phone: (425) 486-0100
Email: hoyt@tethers.com
Research Institution
Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) proposes to develop a compact Underwater Tether Deployment (UTD) System designed to provide an optical fiber link for two-way communication between a submarine and a communication buoy. To minimize tension forces on the fiber optic, the UTD System will utilize two deployment spools, one at each end of the cable, thus enabling long lengths to be deployed at high velocities. In developing the UTD, TUI will draw upon its prior experience in the design, development and testing of tether deployment systems for space and terrestrial applications. Additionally, we will utilize our unique computerized pirn-winding machine to wind fiber optic packages that deploy at very low tensions and with zero residual twist. These design approaches will minimizes the impact that the high-speed underwater deployment has upon the integrity of a fiber optic link. The deployer will be compatible with the three-inch submarine launcher and will be designed to maximize the length of fiber that can be stored on the payout spools. The prototypes will be tested first in a water tank and then in an open water marine environment to validate the design and demonstrate its performance.

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