Our Capabilities

CAGE Code: 90G86 |  DUNS Number: 117978078 |  NAICS Codes: 541330, 541715, 334511

541330 – Engineering Services

541715 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

334511 – Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing


At Palaemus, our capabilities are what set us apart. We have a unique skill set that’s been the result of years of experience not only in the maritime/defense industry, but also with everything from one-off prototypes (that also happen to be production deliverables), to full-scale, high volume production of 500,000+ units a year. Beyond that, we’ve developed cutting edge technology alongside researchers and forged relationships with world class vendors and complimentary businesses, furthering our capability to drive technology in maritime sensing.

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Palaemus has a broad range of experience in developing proposals and managing the conceptual design phase for military, commercial, and research applications in the maritime environment.  We can take an idea from a back-of-napkin drawing to developing a highly detailed, realistic design concept that’s ready to move towards prototyping and production.  The tools we use and our collaborative approach means iterations happen quickly, allowing us to accommodate condensed schedules and challenging delivery timelines.

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Our engineering expertise is built on a background of practical design and taking a hands-on approach to the development process. The engineers at Palaemus have experience in pressure vessel design, stress/strain analysis of underwater enclosures, seal development, material and coating selection, thermal analysis and management, and electronics packaging. Our designs are driven not only by our engineering knowledge, but also by leveraging the experience our engineers have gained from running not just CAD tools, but machine and fabrication tools as well. This ensures our engineered solutions are practical and ready to be manufactured.

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Systems Engineering

For complex design challenges, you have to be able to see the whole picture from end to end. How do the electronics requirements feed into the mechanical design? And vice versa. At Palaemus, we have a deep understanding of how things must be accounted for at a systems level, and always keep the big picture in mind during development. By putting an emphasis on requirements definition early on in the project, we ensure all disciplines are on the same page and our engineers can focus on what’s most important – developing solutions that exceed our customer’s expectations.

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Technology Transfer

One of our specialties at Palaemus is working with researchers in bringing novel technologies to market. In particular, solving the design challenges associated with new approaches is one of our core competencies. In our market, SWaP (size, weight, and power) is always a primary concern. We have a background in packaging miniaturized electronics for marine environments, and design solutions for preventing water ingress, dealing with heat transfer concerns, and increased survivability.

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Pushing a concept towards the prototype stage is one of our primary objectives. Identifying COTS parts, working directly with fabricators, and using an accelerated design schedule that allows quick iteration are ways we achieve a functioning prototype quickly. Oftentimes for things such as SBIR contracts, this ends up being the first deliverable; considering this, we always work to ensure the highest quality possible.

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Testing is a critical phase of the development process. It’s where you finally get to put your design through its paces, and verify it’s achieving all objectives. Oftentimes, the test process results in design changes or improvements which must be iterated upon quickly. At Palaemus, our testing capabilities ensure that when we deliver a first article prototype, it’s already been stressed in the marine environment it will be operating in. We write test plans that will uncover any vulnerabilities – including water ingress or thermal issues – and adjust the design as needed until we are satisfied all performance objectives have been met.


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Past Successes

At Palaemus, we have worked on a number of relevant projects over the years, and draw from these cross-industry experiences to drive our approach to engineering challenges.

Sensor Pressure Housing for AUV – designed an enclosure/pressure vessel to house a suite of sensors and onboard processors for use on an AUV in deepwater environments.

Thermal Solution for FPGAs and Imaging Sensors – part of the electronics solution of an imaging system for an unmanned submarine.  Consisted of high powered imaging boards and FPGAs housed in a pressure vessel.  Thermal management was a primary concern; designed a system to couple to the outside walls using thermal straps and heat pipes.

Underwater Optical Train Design – optical lens array consisting of 10 different lens elements and mirrors for subsea applications.  Challenge was to provide a means to mechanically locate them precisely while isolating them from the outside environment.

Weld Profile for Telemetry Sensors – laser beam weld process used to create a sealed environment in titanium cans for an array of acoustic underwater telemetry sensors.

Shipboard Electronics Packaging – solutions for housing imaging processing equipment in a marine environment, with design considerations to account for shock, vibration, and corrosion.

Stress Analysis of Optronics Mast – verified mechanical design is suitable to account for external pressure, wave slap, and shock loading.  

Thermal Analysis of Optics Housing – requirement to maintain concentricity of optical elements to within .002”.  Needed to design a precisely machined assembly for mounting the elements while considering the different expansion/contraction rates over a large temperature swing.

Pressure Sensor Housing – use of a delicate ceramic thickfilm pressure sensor required a robust method of mounting to accommodate freeze/thaw cycles and protect the sensor.

Improved Potting Bond – developed a process for a blown ion plasma treatment to greatly improve the bond quality of potting sealing an electronics and sensor enclosure.

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