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Technology for Ship to Shore Connector Concepts with Combined High Speed and Payload Fraction

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-15-P-1178
Agency Tracking Number: N151-075-1001
Amount: $148,681.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N151-075
Solicitation Number: 2015.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-07-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-11-06
Small Business Information
795 E. Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085-1519
United States
DUNS: 602549524
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Edmond Dougherty
 (484) 557-6590
Business Contact
 Edmond Dougherty
Title: Technical Point of Contact
Phone: (484) 557-6590
Research Institution

The Navy has a need for a surface connector vessel for movement of equipment, personnel and cargo between a host vessel and shore. Proposed is a surface effect ship (SES) that will ride on a combination of pressurized air cushions in the rear section, a dynamic planing lift from twin V-hulls forward. Based on Harley Boat Corporations patented technology; improvements to the existing patent; and information gathered from previously tested designs, the innovative craft is expected to achieve up to 4 to 5 times the efficiency of conventional catamaran hull vessels. Under Phase 1, a goal will be to show that the design will be superior to conventional skirted hovercraft. The proposed connector craft will have far better seals and will more efficiently create the needed lift. In addition to the rear air cushions, the SES also generates lift from the dynamic the V-Hull forward. The low loss aft air cushions and the forward V-Hull work together to create a far higher lift than previous vessels. Under the Phase 1 Option, the team will study the augmentation of the SES design through the use of power ram augmented technology, such as the Power Augmented Ram Landing Craft (PARLC).

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