Exercise Torpedo End-Of-Run (EOR) Global Positioning System (GPS) Locator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-09-M-0084
Agency Tracking Number: N091-056-0986
Amount: $99,639.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-056
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
5885 Trinity Parkway, Suite 230, Centreville, VA, 20120
DUNS: 135121148
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Kieffer
 Principal Engineer
 (301) 840-9722
Business Contact
 Judy Barhorst
Title: Principal Engineer
Phone: (703) 968-8040
Email: jbarhorst@adaptivemethods.com
Research Institution
The US Navy seeks the development of a miniature transponder locator unit, capable of sustaining high shock loads that can be placed in both lightweight and heavyweight exercise torpedoes for rapid torpedo recovery. Currently, a considerable amount of time and resources is expended to visually search for the exercise torpedo after the end of run, and the solicitation aims to develop a system that enables timely recovery of the exercise torpedo with limited assets. The transponder must have an endurance of 24 hours, determine the torpedo’s location via a GPS receiver, and communicate the torpedo’s position via an RF and underwater acoustic link at ranges up to 5 nautical miles. In this Phase I proposal, Adaptive Methods proposes to design and prototype components of a refurbishable and reusable transponder that meets the solicitation’s volume and communications requirements. A laboratory demonstration of key RF, acoustic, and antenna components is also proposed in the Phase I Basic work. Design, prototyping, and in-water demonstration of the acoustic communications component is proposed in the Phase I Option work.

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