Heat Resistant Visual Landing Aid (VLA) Lighting Fixtures for Ship Flight Decks and Expeditionary Air Field (EAF) Matting

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0059
Agency Tracking Number: N102-132-0541
Amount: $949,997.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-132
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Breault Research Organization
6400 E. Grant Road Suite 350, Tucson, AZ, 85715
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Fink
 Director Engineering Serv
 (520) 721-0500
 mfink@breault.com
Business Contact
 Mark Fink
Title: Director Engineering Serv
Phone: (520) 721-0500
Email: mfink@breault.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Visual Landing Aids on air capable ships and aircraft carrier flight decks are required for night and/or low visibility aircraft operations for general lighting, navigation, flight deck, and special purposes. Future aircraft are expected to have hotter exhaust that could threaten the integrity of these lighting fixtures. During Phase 1, two conceptual LED illumination designs were developed and virtually integrated into the existing Tramline housing. Thermal analysis, which included electrical thermal loads, showed that the LED's junction temperature was below the requirement defined by MIL-STD-16377 in ambient operations and below the LED's failure point when exposed to aircraft exhaust. The Phase 2 goal will be to complete system development and validate performance of an LED sourced Centerline/Tramline light system for both carriers and LHA/LHD type ships. Detailed design will be completed and a sufficient number of prototypes will be built to demonstrate functionality. Environmental and EMI test will be done to validate performance. During the development process, product improvements and cost reduction changes in the design will be made as improvements and cost reduction changes in the design will be made as necessary. At the end of the project, startup and recurring costs will be presented to the Navy for consideration as a viable product to be transitioned into the fleet.

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