Non-Lethal Avian Active Denial System Using Directed Energy
ABSTRACT: This Phase II SBIR Project is aimed at development and successful demonstration of a working prototype of an active non-lethal infrasound avian denial system using infrasound energy based upon the Phase I results. The primary purpose of the system is to deny birds access to critical areas around aircraft and other high value system and avoid collision between aircraft and birds during daily flight operations without impacting mission requirements through detection and denial actions. Those actions have the side benefit of preventing other forms of damage caused by birds nesting and perching in unwanted areas. The system meets the technological challenge of detecting birds flying into an area where there is the potential for collision with an aircraft using a passive infrasound capability for detection of their presence then using non-lethal active infrasound capability to effectively repel the birds. The infrasound frequency range will not interfere with any current operational aircraft or ground-based sensor systems and shall not be able to target personnel. BENEFIT: The system developed for military aircrafts can be used as a non-lethal avian active denial system at commercial aviation facilities in areas that have high concentrations of birds that pose a threat to aircraft from bird-strikes and/or aircraft/facility damage, communication towers, energy wind-driven windmills and harbors and shipyards. The system can be adapted for protection of farms and crops, reduction of feral pigeon population in public squares, deterrence of feral pigeons from nesting on ledges of historic buildings and protection of open swimming pools and recreational areas, including man-made ponds.
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