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FORWARD LOOKING SONAR FOR COLLISION AVOIDANCE

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
20876
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
20876
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Wadi Inc.
998 E Highway 50 Clermont, FL 34711
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: FORWARD LOOKING SONAR FOR COLLISION AVOIDANCE
Agency: DOC
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $35,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE PROBLEM IS THAT MARINE MAMMALS ARE GETTING KILLED AT AN ALARMING RATE. RECENT EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT HALF OF ALL (NONCALF) RIGHT WHALE DEATHS ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST RESULT FROM HUMAN ACTIVITIES (KRAUS 1990). COLLISIONS WITH COMMERCIAL VESSELS MAY BE A MAJOR FACTOR IN THE LACK OF RECOVERY OF THIS SEVERELY ENDANGERED SPECIES. A NEED EXISTS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A DEVICE, SUCH AS A FORWARD LOOKING SONAR DETECTOR, TO DETECT THESE AND OTHER WHALES BEFORE A COLLISION TAKES PLACE. THIS DEVICE MUST OPERATE DAY AND NIGHT AND IN ANY WEATHER. A TRUE FORWARD LOOKING SONAR HAS NOT BEEN DEVELOPED BECAUSE NO COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION HAS BEEN SHOWN TO INCREASE SONAR RANGE. THE KEY TO INCREASED RANGE IS AND HAS BEEN TO DEVELOP THE PROCESS TO REDUCE THE OUTPUT BEAM ANGLE TO THE 1 DEGREE RANGE. THIS HIGHLY DIRECTED BEAM DOES NOT ILLUMINATE OR RECEIVE BOTTOM RETURNS WHICH THEN SEVERELY REDUCES CLUTTER AND RETURN SIGNAL BACKGROUND NOISE TO CLEARLY SELECT THE PREFERRED TARGET. THIS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED AT LOW COST, MINOR SIZE IMPACT, AND IN LINE ON EXISTING SYSTEMS. THIS PROCESS HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED ON PREVIOUS MANATEE RESEARCH. TIMELY AVAILABILITY OF THIS SYSTEM WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON MARITIME SAFETY.

Principal Investigator:

Richard E Gaynor
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Wadi Inc.
998 E Highway 50 Clermont, FL 34711

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No