Protective Technologies and Installation/Implementation Methods for Undersea Instrumentation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0241
Agency Tracking Number: N092-099-0004
Amount: $449,969.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-099
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
4916 Hollopeter Rd, Leo, IN, -
DUNS: 800300035
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Patrick McCammon
 (260) 637-0588
Business Contact
 Patrick McCammon
Title: President
Phone: (260) 637-0588
Research Institution
The ocean bottom is a protective location for sensors, unless a trawl fishing rig drags over the sensor. Because a trawl fishing rig scrapes the ocean floor and scoops fish into a net, it can be devastating to bottom mounted sensors, especially when sensors are vertically tethered in the water column with sub-surface floats. The upward reaching appendages in a typical Navy testing range are easy prey against the trawl rig"s heavy chains and rock hopper leading edges, which snag the sensors and damage or rip them from their tethers. This program has developed passive, innovative methods of protecting the typical tethered sensor from becoming entangled in or damaged by a direct trawl rig strike. Specifically, this effort is targeted for the protection of arrays in planned shallow water Navy undersea training ranges. Because the unique SkySight Deployable Trawl Safe system is compact enough to be deployed through a modified linear cable engine, the time and cost to incorporate the needed hazard protection is reduced when installing large undersea arrays. The successful Phase I used scale models and rigorous test analysis. The Phase II effort will build on this success and result in an ocean-demonstrated sensor protection system.

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