Self Powered, Submarine Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (SEPIRB)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,991.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-10-C-0017
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-049-0619
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-049
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
SA Photonics
650 5th Street, Suite 505, San Francisco, CA, 94107
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
119301831
Principal Investigator:
Mark Carlson
Sr. Project Engineer
(415) 971-2027
m.carlson@saphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Andrea Singewald
Chief Financial Officer
(970) 921-3401
a.singewald@saphotonics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Naval submarines depend on reliable methods of communicating status to Fleet Command. In the event of a disaster, it is imperative to have a backup method to transmit a distress signal. SEPIRBs (Submarine Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons) provide this function. Once released these beacons float to the ocean surface and transmit status and position to the COSPAS/SARSAT satellite system, which then passes the information to search and rescue teams. Because lives and assets are at stake, it is imperative that SEPIRBs function reliably. Before being fielded, beacons must meet strict feature and performance requirements. Fielded units must also undergo regular testing of both the electronics and the batteries. In order to increase reliability and shelf life and to reduce maintenance requirements, SA Photonics has developed a self-powered SEPIRB that does not use traditional batteries. Our SEPIRB uses a combination of an energy harvesting system (to generate energy from wave motion) and a high tech. quick charge battery alternative (to store energy). Unique power sources (with a longer shelf life than traditional batteries) have been added to provide fast start-up and minimal delay to first location fix and first transmission of a distress signal to the COSPAS-SARSAT system.

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