Air-Droppable At-Sea In-Water Lifting System

Period of Performance: 07/06/2015 - 05/06/2016


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Turnaround Factor
7847 Riverside Dr Array
Richmond, VA 23225
Principal Investigator


To support Advanced Force Sea-Basing (AFSB) efforts, the TAF Lifter?s innovative Heave Compensating air-droppable self-deploying lifting ramp matches the motion of semi-submerged ISO containers and safely pulls them on deck. The TAF Lifter utilizes the buoyancy of the ship and ensures a safe standoff distance of retrieved cargo. It works ?out of the box? with a wide range of ships and easily adapts to a large variety of mission needs, including small craft or AUV launch and recovery. With its smart controls, mooring the Lifter to ship and lifting ISO containers to deck requires minimal crew effort. Its power pack and winch are modular and can removed based on mission parameters. The TAF Lifter can be pre-positioned in higher sea states due to its stable configuration.