Low Cost, Reliable Towed Sensors Handling Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-11-C-4180
Agency Tracking Number: N101-043-0846
Amount: $339,669.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-043
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 140785929
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lino Verna
 Techncial Director - Mech
 (919) 562-5333
Business Contact
 Linda Leonard
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (703) 956-6480
Email: linda.leonard@3phoenix.net
Research Institution
The current generation of towed array handling systems suffers from additional problems including complexity, difficulty of service and repair, introduction of acoustic noise into the ocean environment, limitations in current control systems, and damage from the harsh marine environment in which these systems are required to operate. Furthermore, the"form factor"of the winch-based systems requires significant space and limits location options with the submarine. In the Phase I SBIR, N101-043"Low Cost, Reliable Towed Sensors Handling Systems"3 Phoenix (3Pi) proposed a novel approach to array handling systems based on a totally different design for retrieving, deploying, storing and managing submarine towed array systems. The Handling and Storage System (HSS) is based on the principles of a simple machine, the"block and tackle"system. This non-traditional system dramatically lowers the mechanical stresses on the towed array while providing great flexibility in control and drive systems. Additionally, this concept is very amenable to various installation locations on the submarine.

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