Mainstream Engineering Awarded Contract from the Navy to Develop Advanced Actuators for Unmanned Undersea Vehicles

ROCKLEDGE, FL — August 24, 2018 — Mainstream Engineering Corporation, a 32-year-old Brevard County manufacturer with a history of leading-edge research and development, has been awarded a contract from the Navy to develop advanced actuators for Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs). Under this effort, Mainstream will be demonstrating unique electroactive polymer (EAP)-based actuators. Unlike conventional surface ships, UUVs are expected to survive and operate in extreme ocean environmental conditions and therefore the control surfaces and actuators must be capable of sustaining high levels of force and acceleration while also being extremely compact and lightweight. Mainstream is also exploring the use of this technology for artificial muscle actuators to be used in future robots.

Mainstream Engineering Corporation
Mainstream Engineering Corporation is a solutions-oriented research, development and manufacturing small business with a history of leading-edge R&D that has resulted in advanced, American-made, cost-competitive products. Founded in 1986, Mainstream’s mission is to transition thermal control, energy storage and energy conversion technology into high-quality, cost-effective, environmentally safe green, commercial products.