Inflator-Based Submerged Missile Ejection System (ISMES)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$725,695.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00030-12-C-0036
Agency Tracking Number:
95N1A-371a
Solicitation Year:
2095
Solicitation Topic Code:
N95-208
Solicitation Number:
2095.3
Small Business Information
SEA CORP
62 Johnny Cake Hill, Aquidneck Corporate Park, Middletown, RI, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072118748
Principal Investigator:
Barry Holland
Principal Investigator
(401) 847-2260
bholland@seacorp.com
Business Contact:
Elizabeth Goetz
Contracts Officer
(401) 847-2260
egoetz@seacorp.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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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