Low Cost, Reliable Towed Sensors Handling Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-10-C-0001
Agency Tracking Number: N101-043-0837
Amount: $149,957.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-043
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
2125 OXFORD ROAD, DES PLAINES, IL, 60018
DUNS: 175335553
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 BERNARD BISHOP
 PRESIDENT
 (847) 296-1000
 propln@aol.com
Business Contact
 BERNARD BISHOP
Title: PRESIDENT
Phone: (847) 296-1000
Email: propln@aol.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Thin-line Towed Array operational capability and array development progress have been restricted by substandard reliability of the Handling System/Array and resultant high operational costs. Thirty years of attempts to improve reliability have proven that Handler, Ship and Array concepts must be reviewed jointly and solution to reliability problems are only achievable through concept change. This SBIR research intends to employ handler/array concept joint reviews by; 1) reviewing, categorizing and weighing known reliability issues; 2) determining what ship locations are available that lessen environmental issues; 3) comparing past array failures to finite model array stress, relative to various handler design concepts; 4) reviewing, categorizing and weighing Unit Level Handler concepts relative to form, fit, function, life, cost and reliability projections; 5) selecting a new handler concept approach and ship location to minimize array interface stress; 6) eliminating existing low reliability TLTA Handler Units, components and/or subassemblies. To achieve the optimum TLTA Handling System an ideal team was formed including the Handler Concept Designer/PI, the Shipyard/Stakeholder, the Array Designer/Stakeholder, and an UNDEX/Implosion Environmental Expert, all from the onset of Phase 0, with increasing involvement planned through Phase III. Achievement will be gained through unity.

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