Sonobuoy Electronic Function Selector (EFS) Replacement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0389
Agency Tracking Number: N061-010-0378a
Amount: $1,941,175.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-010
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
62 Johnny Cake Hill Aquidneck Corporate Park, Middletown, RI, 02842
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Leslie Smith
 Project Manager
 (401) 847-2260
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Goetz
Title: Contracts Officer
Phone: (401) 847-2260
Research Institution
Present sonobuoys allow for the selection of functions such as RF Channel, Depth, etc. by use of a single selector button and LED display along with a second button used for verification located on the side of the sonobuoy. Selection or verification requires access to the buttons and cannot be accomplished once the sonobuoy is loaded into the launcher. The capability to select and verify functions wirelessly employing either an in-launcher Ir interface or a battery-operated, Ir handheld device useable in low light conditions that can interface to a standard personal computer (PC) has been deemed desirable for adaptation to the P-8A Poseidon by NAVAIR. Use in P-8A would permit programming and verification to be accomplished via direct interface with the mission computer while the sonobuoy is in the launcher and while the aircraft is in flight. Team SEA CORP will advance Remote Electronic Function Select (REFS) Ir sonobuoy programming technologies developed in Phases I and II to TRL-6 to enable future P-8A integration. The Team SEA CORP solution will address specific requirements for P-8A integration. The full system will cost under $15K in production. Reliability and the ability to operate in various environments will be addressed.

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