Glide Away Precision Sonobuoy

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0058
Agency Tracking Number: N102-117-0065
Amount: $79,963.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-117
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
2208 S. Culpeper St., Arlington, VA, -
DUNS: 011595011
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Blenkhorn
 Director of Robotics
 (703) 798-8175
Business Contact
 Ari Blenkhorn
Title: Managing Director
Phone: (415) 640-6782
Research Institution
The P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft will soon be replacing the P-3 Orion. The P-8 flies at a much higher altitude than the P-3, and needs a new sonobuoy guidance system to allow sonobuoys to be placed accurately without the aircraft having to descend. This multi-phase SBIR project will develop the"Glide Away Precision Sonobuoy"(GAPS), a high-aspect-ratio parachute and navigation system that will fly a sonobuoy from 25,000 feet to a target area 25 nm away, with sub-50-yard accuracy. GAPS will be compatible with existing sonobuoy deployment systems and will require minimal changes to existing sonobuoys. When manufactured in quantity, GAPS will cost less than $1000 per sonobuoy. By enabling allow aircraft to deliver sonobuoys accurately from altitude, GAPS yields significant fuel savings, hence the Navy will realize a quick Return On Investment. Phase I will design the key elements of GAPS, followed by component construction and testing in the Option. Phase II will develop and test a complete prototype program. We will develop a full-scale version of GAPS and integrate it with a sonobuoy to for field-testing under realistic conditions. Phase III will include testing on Navy aircraft and the commencement of production and sales.

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