Pioneer Sea Glider

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R322
Agency Tracking Number: 03SB1-0311
Amount: $748,947.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2003
Solitcitation Topic Code: SB031-021
Solitcitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
PIONEER ASTRONAUTICS
11111 W. 8th Avenue, Lakewood, CO, 80215
Duns: 120561456
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Zubrin
 President
 (303) 980-0890
 zubrin@aol.com
Business Contact
 Robert Zubrin
Title: President
Phone: (303) 980-0890
Email: zubrin@aol.com
Research Institution
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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