Inflator-Based Submerged Missile Ejection System (ISMES)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00030-12-C-0036
Agency Tracking Number: 95N1A-371a
Amount: $725,695.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2095
Solicitation Topic Code: N95-208
Solicitation Number: 2095.3
Small Business Information
62 Johnny Cake Hill, Aquidneck Corporate Park, Middletown, RI, -
DUNS: 072118748
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Barry Holland
 Principal Investigator
 (401) 847-2260
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Goetz
Title: Contracts Officer
Phone: (401) 847-2260
Research Institution
Since the advent of impulse launching various payloads from Navy and other military combatants, the source of the impulse energy has been either an explosive gas generator (propellant) or stored high pressure gas in a flask. Both of these methods have high maintenance and/or clean-up costs and are typically limited to one type or size of payload per launcher device. This limits operational flexibility and increases logistical complexity and cost. SEA CORP has developed a family of impulse launchers that use COTS automotive air bag inflators that significantly expands the capability and flexibility of any single launcher design to employ a number of payloads. The inflators, widely used in the automotive industry, are small cylinders containing a highly compressed inert gas that is released when a small initiator is electrically actuated. By changing the number, size, and initiation timing of the inflators, the launcher can be adjusted to accommodate various payloads that have different impulse requirements. The technology was originally developed under a NAVSEA SBIR to launch light weight torpedoes up to 740lbs from surface ships. In the proposed application, SEA CORP will adapt the technology to provide the impulse energy to eject missiles from submerged submarines.

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