On February 5, 2019, EOM Offshore LLC was awarded an SBIR Phase I under SBIR Topic N-183-141 entitled “Technology Development of Fiber Optic Moorings for Surface Communication Buoys.”
This opportunity allows EOM Offshore to use its patented mooring technology to design a new lightweight, fiber optic Stretch EM Cable that will be used to tether communication gateway buoys, which are used to support Fleet operations for the U.S. Navy, NAVFAC, NAVSEA and SPAWAR. To date, no mooring cable on the market provides compliant fiber optic cable suitable for use in energetic wave environments.
EOM Offshore LLC was established in 2009 to commercialize a Stretch EM Cable that was developed by engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The patented technology is a specialized mooring element comprised of stiffened rubber and electrical wires that tether to oceanographic buoys. The Stretch EM Cable uses mechanical compliance by elongating 2.5 times its original length in rough seas and returning to its original length in calm conditions, all the while transmitting data and power.
Dr. David Aubrey, CEO of EOM Offshore, states, “This award provides a challenging opportunity for EOM to continue to expand its core mission to national defense markets, and also to continue our tradition of innovation in facilitating ocean data exchange for the world oceans.”