Efficient Light Weight Propulsion for Small Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Period of Performance: 02/11/2014 - 02/11/2015

$369K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Candent Technologies, Inc.
6107 W. Airport Blvd Suite 190
Greenfield, IN 46140
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The Phase I of this SBIR completed the design, fabrication, and demonstration of a prototype heavy fuel engine for the Class X USV, and also completed the preliminary design of the waterjet propulsor as well as the preliminary design of the systems and the integration with the hull. Phase II of the SBIR will complete the final design of the waterjet, continue the development of the engine and its performance optimization, and will also fabricate and test a number of complete propulsion systems. The project will also fabricate a number of prototype vessel (USV) systems for further testing, development and operational, both at the contractor facilities and at the US Navy.