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Advanced Structural Development of a Deployable Cargo Deck Covering System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-07-M-0171
Agency Tracking Number: N071-059-1019
Amount: $69,979.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-059
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-06-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-01-07
Small Business Information
20590 Cereal Street, Suite 100 P. O. Box 117
Lake Elsinore, CA 92531
United States
DUNS: 184758894
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Glen Brown
 Chief Engineer
 (831) 425-5147
Business Contact
 James McCusker
Title: Director, Plans & Proposals
Phone: (951) 674-0604
Research Institution

The LCAC carries cargo, vehicles and personnel on an open deck that is exposed to wind, saltwater spray, and FOD. This proposal outlines the development of an easily deployed, stowable deck cover that will protect the cargo deck and equipment from these elements. Additionally, this system can be expanded to allow for future use on the proposed Joint Maritime Assault Connector (JMAC) vessel. Vertigo is uniquely qualified to develop this new system. We bring over 20 years of experience in inflatable high-pressure airbeams and rapid deployment shelters. We have performed a significant part of our airbeam research and development under the SBIR program. This proposal is a logical progression of that R & D. Vertigo is confident that we offer a significant improvement in stowage volume and weight, deployment and strike times, and reduced complexity compared to traditional rigid frame supported covers. This type of stowable airbeam deck cover system can be used on other naval and commercial vessels such as ferries, cargo vessels and cruise ships. This program will define beam end structural attachments and vessel interfaces, on-vessel stowage, inflation compressor mounting and power requirements, end closure design and operation, and long-term storage and transportation plans.

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