Pioneer Sea Glider

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$748,947.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-04-C-R322
Award Id:
63511
Agency Tracking Number:
03SB1-0311
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
11111 W. 8th Avenue, Lakewood, CO, 80215
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
120561456
Principal Investigator:
RobertZubrin
President
(303) 980-0890
zubrin@aol.com
Business Contact:
RobertZubrin
President
(303) 980-0890
zubrin@aol.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed Pioneer Sea Glider is a new method for underwater transport of equipment and personnel over long distances in a quiet manner. A unique buoyancy control system is based on the conversion of liquid nitrous oxide to a mixture of gaseous nitrogen and oxygen. This nitrous-oxide-derived buoyancy gas can also provide breathing air and heat for crews and is based on technology developed and patented by Pioneer Astronautics for long-duration space flight, SCUBA, and terrestrial rescue operations. Because one volume of nitrous oxide gas dissociates to 1.5 volumes of nitrogen plus oxygen, buoyancy gas mass requirements are reduced by one-third compared to those required for other gases. In the proposed Phase 2, a sea glider bouyancy engine capable of propelling an 1100 liter displacement sea glider operating at depths of up to 1000 ft will be developed and tested at pioneer Astronautics, and then integrated with a Scripp sea glider vehicle for testing at sea.

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