USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

Maritime Surveillance Sensing Using Underwater High Frequency Acoustic…

Award Information

Department of Defense
Special Operations Command
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Progeny Systems Corporation
9500 Innovation Drive Manassas, VA -
View profile »
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Maritime Surveillance Sensing Using Underwater High Frequency Acoustic Communication Receivers
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Contract: H92222-06-P-0072
Award Amount: $98,486.00


Special Operations Command desires an innovative approach to augment underwater acoustic modems with a passive sensing capability to detect ships and submarines. While providing the existing communications function, it is feasible to take advantage of the existing infrastructure by tapping the digital data stream from the acoustic modem receiver front end, and apply additional detection and classification signal processing to provide this additional ship detection function. This could expand the role of acoustic modems from being communication nodes in the underwater information grid to having both sensing and communication capabilities. The Progeny Systems Corporation team will conduct the necessary engineering analysis to demonstrate the feasibility of automated detection and classification of shipping using a commercial acoustic modem as the sensing element. In our Phase I effort we intend to obtain relevant target and ambient signatures in commercial acoustic modem high frequency (HF) detection bands, develop detection algorithms through application of Acoustic Intercept and Ranging (AI&R) processing strings to the target signature and noise data sets, assess the suitability of applying submarine sonar classification algorithms to the detected signatures, and derive system requirements and develop the conceptual hardware and software design for the Phase II prototype.

Principal Investigator:

Steve Ricks
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Christine Sigety
Business Management
Small Business Information at Submission:

9500 Innovation Drive Manassas, VA 20110

EIN/Tax ID: 541766108
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No