Navy UUV Program, Small Businesses Develop Energy Technology

Friday, February 03, 2006
In a partnership that will benefit both the government and commercial enterprise, the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUV) Program Office (PMS 403), small businesses and the NAVSEA Undersea Warfare Center are developing safer, more efficient energy sources for UUVs. “Our efforts promise to pay dividends not only for the [military] user community, which will end up with safer products for use aboard fleet platforms, but for small business as well, which has an opportunity to expand a market and make a key contribution to our mission,” said Capt. Paul Ims, UUV program manager. PMS 403 is responsible for developing UUV platforms and payload technologies to meet a broad spectrum of mission requirements. The Navy’s interest in UUVs parallels similar efforts by industry, which has developed UUVs for ocean exploration, mapping, salvage and petroleum surveying. The Defense Department’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is designed to adapt technologies to meet military requirements, benefiting both small business and the government. The program provides up to $850,000 in research and development funding directly to small firms for early-stage technology development projects, such as the ongoing UUV energy source effort. During 2004, the Navy awarded two SBIR Phase I contracts, worth $70,000 each, to firms to develop improved battery technology for UUVs. The Navy project, called Advanced Pressure-Tolerant UUV Batteries for Fleet Use, is focused on the development of high energy density, renewable, air-independent submarine-safe power sources to increase UUV endurance and thereby increase the submarine range of influence, according to Navy project documents. Demonstrating the kind of battery technology that may benefit Navy UUVs, Phoenix International’s remotely operated vehicles, called xBots, entered the shipwrecked RMS Titanic in July 2005. Each xBot carried two rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, each containing eight cells, providing 10 to 12 hours of energy, as developed during the first phase of the Navy SBIR project. Energy sources developed for military use, such as new lithium-ion batteries, may offer significant cost savings and safety for commercial users. As the market broadens for new UUV battery technology, the unit price for the Navy and commercial users may decrease. PMS 403 and its partners in government and industry are developing UUVs and related technologies to meet the goals detailed in the Navy’s UUV Master Plan. PMS 403 is one of seven program offices under the Navy’s Program Executive Office, Littoral and Mine Warfare and oversees a $1.254 billion portfolio of 211 programs. PEO LMW’s mission is to assure access throughout the littoral battle space, from the seabed through the surf-zone/beach-zone. By Program Executive Office, Littoral and Mine Warfare Source: Navsea

Technology

Rockland Scientific to conduct Victoria Turbulence Observation Retreat

Building on series of international training workshops in Brazil, Chile, France, Poland, Vietnam and the UK, Rockland Scientific brings the next turbulence measurement

Scorpene Submarine Data Leak: Setback to Indian Navy

India has began multiple investigations to determine the extent of damage caused by the reported massive leak of secret data detailing the combat and stealth capabilities

NOAA Engineers a Better Current Sensor for Mariners

Navigating into seaports is now safer and more efficient for mariners thanks to improved NOAA technology that ships rely on to give them information about currents.

Coast Guard

El Faro Captain Ordered Crew to Abandon Ship before Sinking

The captain of the doomed El Faro cargo ship sounded an alarm for his crew to abandon the vessel shortly before it sank last fall in a hurricane near the Bahamas, killing all 33 onboard, the U.

Navy Discovers Malaysian Tanker

Indonesia's navy has found a tanker carrying almost US$400,000 worth of diesel that was taken by its own crew last week due to a commercial dispute, says a report in AFP.

Philippines: Sea Dispute Won't Shift Ties with China, U.S.

The Philippines' territorial dispute with China over the South China Sea has not caused Manila to rebalance diplomatic ties with either its ally, the United States,

 
 
Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0878 sec (11 req/sec)