High Sea State Automated Deployment and Retrieval of Towed Bodies from a Small Surface Platform

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-14-P-1143
Agency Tracking Number: N141-058-0733
Amount: $149,936.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2014
Solicitation Topic Code: N141-058
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Small Business Information
841 Bishop Street Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI, 96813
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary Shimozono
 (808) 531-7001
Business Contact
 Martin Kao
Title: CEO
Phone: (808) 531-7001
Email: mkao@navatekltd.com
Research Institution
The proposed effort will address the problem of deploying and retrieving a tow body in rough wave conditions from a small craft or large ship. The approach makes use of a material newly available to the U.S. Department of Defense. The material is drop stitch fabric, whose use was restricted by the Berry amendment. The concept for this project is to make a structure to deploy and retrieve tow bodies from inflatable drop stitch panels. The structure will be sufficiently rigid to support tow bodies, but compliant to preclude damaging the tow bodies by impact.

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