Advanced Submarine Control

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$999,673.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00024-11-C-4148
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N092-139-0676
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N092-139
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Small Business Information
9500 Innovation Drive, Manassas, VA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
945837219
Principal Investigator:
JohnThornton
Principal Investigator
(858) 653-0177
jthornton@progeny.net
Business Contact:
ChristineSigety
Manager of Business Suppo
(703) 368-6107
csigety@progeny.net
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
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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