Exercise Torpedo Buoyancy (Recovery) System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,127.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-08-M-0050
Award Id:
87404
Agency Tracking Number:
N073-212-0405
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1832 180th St. SE, Bothell, WA, 98012
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
086581902
Principal Investigator:
Anthony Desimone
Design Engineer
(425) 487-4020
anthony.desimone@systima.com
Business Contact:
Tom Prenzlow
General Manager
(425) 487-4020
tom.prenzlow@systima.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Retrieval of field exercise torpedoes by the US Navy requires an inflatable Buoyancy Recovery System (BRS). The current hot gas system is expensive to operate/maintain with expended material and is labor-intensive to refurbish. Systima is proposing a new, lower cost torpedo buoyancy system which eliminates the need to cleanout the byproducts of the inflation system, the associated inflation system solid propellant grain costs, and assembly/operation complexity of the current solid propellant based torpedo buoyancy systems. The Systima inflation system approach is estimated to provide a cost savings in excess of $1,000,000 per year. By utilizing modern, refillable, high pressure composite gas bottles as the energy source for inflation of the system, a lightweight, high performance system is engineered which also features improved handling and logistics due to the lack of explosive components. Robustness is enhanced through a differential pressure control system and deployment features are designed to provide safer, easier retrieval by naval personnel.

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