Underwater Tether Deployer-Extended Range (UTD-XR)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N66001-08-M-1077
Agency Tracking Number: N081-095-0968
Amount: $82,137.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-095
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
11711 N. Creek Pkwy S., Suite D113, Bothell, WA, 98011
DUNS: 877425330
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Slostad
 VP of Engineering
 (425) 486-0100
 slostad@tethers.com
Business Contact
 Robert Hoyt
Title: President, CEO, & Chief Scientist
Phone: (425) 486-0100
Email: hoyt@tethers.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The overall objective of this SBIR effort is to develop fiber optic winding and packaging processes to enable low-cost production of wound fiber optic packages that can deploy reliably at high speeds underwater with minimal signal attenuation. Our goal for the Phase I project is to develop and finalize a design for a fully automated, multi-fiber pack winding machine, as well as to optimize the fiber length, strength, and wind quality through careful design optimization of the fiber pack spindle and possibly of the fiber itself. To accomplish this goal, we will focus work tasks on the following technical objectives: • Evaluate available high strength fiber options; • Optimize Lifting Body and Spindle Design for Maximum Fiber Length; • Optimize Fiber Winding Process, Automation, and Quality Assurance • Computer Modeling of Deployment and Winding Process Key to the proposed approach is the optimization of our fully-automated process for fabrication of low-attenuation, low deployment-drag optical fiber packs. Extensive testing on our easily reconfigurable developmental winder will allow us to explore multiple design options, and the resulting prototype winds will be verified through testing in both our water tank test stand and in open-water towed deployment.

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