Precision High Alitude Sonobuoy Emplacement (PHASE)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,966.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-08-C-0260
Award Id:
87475
Agency Tracking Number:
N081-023-1351
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1510 Springport Rd Suite C, Jackson, MI, 49202
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
005055582
Principal Investigator:
LukeBelfie
Principal Mechanical Engineer
(517) 784-8340
lbelfie@sealandaire.com
Business Contact:
DavidSparks
President
(517) 784-8340
dsparks@sealandaire.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
In today's anti submarine warfare (ASW), sonobuoy emplacement is necessary for target detection and tracking as improperly placed sonobuoys can create poor localization regions. The need for placement accuracy from higher altitudes will be required as the P-8A Poseidon comes on line. Sonobuoy emplacement within historical required accuracies becomes nearly impossible when deployment occurs from high altitudes. Currently, to attain such accuracies, the P-3 must deploy sonobuoys at low altitudes. An air release point is calculated for each sonobuoy based on altitude and wind profile to achieve a desired splash point. Broadening this deployment methodology to include high altitude deployment above 20,000 ft (6100 m) would be insufficient because of the greatly increased amount of time each buoy would be airborne. Increased descent time increases error due to unknowns in the deployment environment which creates a splash point error that is too great for proper placement of deployed sonobuoys. SeaLandAire will address these issues while keeping changes to the package and production cost of the buoy to a minimum. Subsequently, added sensor systems, guidance and navigation systems, and/or other hardware must be kept simple and cost-effective to achieve the programs goals.

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