Advanced Submarine Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-11-C-4148
Agency Tracking Number: N092-139-0676
Amount: $999,673.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-139
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
9500 Innovation Drive, Manassas, VA, -
DUNS: 945837219
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Thornton
 Principal Investigator
 (858) 653-0177
Business Contact
 Christine Sigety
Title: Manager of Business Suppo
Phone: (703) 368-6107
Research Institution
Existing secondary propulsion systems have played an insignificant role within the submarine mission profile. They are relegated to secondary missions and provide a minimal thrust profile. Reliability of these systems is also an issue since they are complicated with many moving parts and driven by external hydraulic systems. Advanced Submarine Control would incorporate COTS vector thrusters, Variable Frequency Driven motors, dynamic positioning control and situational awareness sensors. This system would provide the next generation naval platforms with mission specific capabilities ranging from enhanced littoral and minefield navigation to automated mooring and unmooring. The vector thrusters would be driven by Variable Frequency Driven electric motors which eliminate external hydraulics for auxiliary propulsion. This approach increases reliability and availability and reduces maintenance. ASC would provide potentially enormous cost of life ship savings through reduced manning requirements, elimination of secondary support cost such as tug fees accrued during mooring evolutions as well as reduction in maintenance cost associated with existing secondary propulsion mechanical control systems. Once ASC is integrated into a VIRGINIA Class Block IV the operators would have tremendous ship control especially in coastal areas and transiting rivers and bays.

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