Automated Handling Systems for Launch and Recovery of Offboard Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N66604-02-C-4573
Agency Tracking Number: N02-033-01
Amount: $69,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Allied Systems Co.
2300 Oregon St., Sherwood, OR, 97140
DUNS: 061487781
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Nourse
 V.P. Engineering
 (503) 625-2560
Business Contact
 Matthew Richartz
Title: Manager-Contracts & Mktg.
Phone: (503) 625-2560
Research Institution
"The objective of this proposal is to describe an automated (or semi-automated) lightweight, low-cost handling system for lauch & recovery of offboard vehicles which can be fitted to existing Navy ships or designed into new classes of ships. Many of thesystems required for this effort are either in preliminary development of have been developed. It is intended that by combining existing offboard handling techniques and integrating new technologies, a suitable system can be offered and demonstrated in areasonable amount of time. The non-hydraulic systems to be developed and demonstrated as a result of this using modern Direct Torque Control variable-speed electric drives and Remote-controlled automation control systems. Reduced manning, safer handlingand reduced total ownership costs with the proposed electric systems. Constant tension/heave compensation systems and pendulation control impose less shock on handling equipment and offboard vehicles (e.g. RIB's, Remote Minehunting Systems, ORCAsemisubmersibles, and oceanographic research & exploration devices. Potential commercial applications include subsea exploration, oceanographic research, undersea mining, oil & gas exploration and multi-mission small boat handling for diving, rescue andrelated activities)."

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