High Volume Underway Replenishment Circulating Ropeway

Period of Performance: 07/13/2001 - 01/09/2002

$70K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Jewett Engineering Ltd.
982 Sand Iron Drive, P.O. Box 7757
Incline Village, NV 89452
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The objective of this proposal is to develop and demonstrate a high volume underway replenishment circulating ropeway system to transfer stores and ordnance to aircraft carriers from supply ships. Circulating ropeway concepts will be developed and evaluated for at-sea future underway replenishment needs. Adaptation of circulating ropeway technology to existing replenishment installations will be considered.The anticipated result of the project is the conceptual development of a circulating ropeway system that will be used for future transfer of stores and ordnance to aircraft carriers from supply ships. Adaptive technology has the potential to increase the range of commercial applications for circulating ropeways where large differential movements or changing positions of terminal points are required.