Energy Absorbing Aerial Refueling Hose

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0079
Agency Tracking Number: N112-112-1181
Amount: $1,050,276.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: N112-112
Solitcitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Mide Technology Corporation
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000, Medford, MA, 02155-3502
Duns: 786127522
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Attila Lengyel
 (781) 306-0609
Business Contact
 Marthinus Schoor
Title: CEO/President
Phone: (781) 306-0609
Research Institution
The goal of this project was to help reduce or eliminate the potentially catastrophic effects of a failed hose/drogue system during aerial refueling. Failures can arise in certain situations when the receiver aircraft engages the hose at too high of a speed cause a wave to be generated in the hose. This wave reflects off the reel and creates a whipping motion at the drogue with the potential to break the hose. The reel was designed to take up slack when the receiver aircraft engages, however it could be inoperative, or simply not capable of taking up the slack fast enough. Mid proposes to incorporate energy absorbing material directly into the hose to help mitigate these potentially catastrophic occurrences. The material will not interfere with the current operation of the hose and reel and provide the United States military with the benefit of a much safer and more reliable probe and drogue refueling system.

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