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An Innovative Flex Hose System for the Mk 48 Torpedo

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-08-C-4151
Agency Tracking Number: N071-067-0191
Amount: $599,988.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-067
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-09-30
Small Business Information
605 Ellis Street, Suite 200
Mountain View, CA 94043
United States
DUNS: 050514736
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Lesieutre
 Senior Research Engineer
 (650) 968-9457
Business Contact
 Michael Mendenhall
Title: Vice-President
Phone: (650) 968-9457
Research Institution

In the proposed Phase II effort, Nielsen Engineering & Research (NEAR) will continue developing the two advanced flex-hose systems that were selected from the seven investigated during the Phase I feasibility study. The resulting system will allow the successful deployment of Mk 48 torpedoes from submarines that are traveling at high-speed or operating in close proximity to the sea floor. The system will keep the communication wire from fouling the submarine's propeller and control surfaces during all phases of torpedo deployment including the wire clearance maneuver, transition, steady-state tow, and postlaunch maneuvers. NEAR will use numerical simulations and sea trial development tests to optimize both of the systems during an 18-month development program. At the conclusion of this program, NEAR and Navy personnel will select the one design that best meets all of the operational requirements. During the last 6 months of the contract, NEAR will refine the selected design, select a manufacturing/commercialization partner, and develop a cost model that includes development, production, and life cycle costs. During the proposed Phase II Option, NEAR will conduct engineering qualification tests to demonstrate the flex-hose system's compliance to a design/environmental requirements matrix provided by the Navy.

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