Advanced Submarine Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-10-M-0044
Agency Tracking Number: N092-139-0676
Amount: $99,020.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-139
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
9500 Innovation Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
DUNS: 945837219
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Thornton
 Principal Investigator
 (858) 653-0177
Business Contact
 Christine Sigety
Title: Manager of Business Suppo
Phone: (703) 368-6107
Research Institution
Previous generations of secondary propulsion systems have played an insignificant role within the submarine mission profile. Existing systems are relegated to secondary considerations providing a minimal thrust profile supporting limited requirements such as mooring, adding marginal thrust to the platforms maneuverability profile to support navigation within a restricted waterway and as a last resort acting as a backup emergency propulsion system making minimal headway in the home direction. An integrated precision control system in conjunction with primary and secondary vectored thrust propulsion systems would provide the next generation naval platforms with mission specific capabilities ranging from enhanced littoral and minefield navigation to manual/automated mooring/unmooring capabilities. Individual components required to meet such precise control are under development or already exist but require an integrated approach to system control in order to provide the potential full spectrum of automated ship control. Such a precise control system could provide potentially enormous cost of life ship savings through reduced manning requirements, elimination of secondary support cost such as tug fees accrued during mooring evolutions as well as reduction in maintenance cost associated with existing secondary propulsion mechanical control systems.

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