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Shark-Inspired Underwater Sensors for Homing and Imaging

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
75031
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-003-1306
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ADVANCED CERAMICS RESEARCH, INC.
3292 E. Hemisphere Loop Tucson, AZ 85706
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Shark-Inspired Underwater Sensors for Homing and Imaging
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-06-C-0354
Award Amount: $748,153.00
 

Abstract:

The detection of objects underwater remains a difficult task. For many applications particularly marine defense operations, it is desirable to be able to identify the position of objects such as mines (buried and below the surface of the water) as well as to being able to discriminate between a rock and a mine. For many homeland security operations it is desirable to be able to monitor the movement of objects such as divers, and submarines in and out of harbors or restricted waters. The present technology monitors electric fields within the water and the perturbation which results from any object within the water continuum - stationary or moving. This technology has been conceived and extrapolated from that used by sharks which exhibit a bite reflex to small changes in the electric field due to the presence of prey. In the Phase II effort this technology will be used to identify the position of mines in the sea. BENEFITS: Imaging techniques for detection of underwater objects and avoidance, monitoring of ship passage, monitoring of ocean animals, and mapping of submarine topography, sbipwrecks, etc.

Principal Investigator:

Mark C. Paterson
DIRECTOR, TECHNOLOGY DEVE
5205736300
mpatterson@acrtucson.com

Business Contact:

Brett Waldo
CONTROLLER
5205736300
bwaldo@acrtucson.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADVANCED CERAMICS RESEARCH, INC.
3292 E. Hemisphere Loop Tucson, AZ 85706

EIN/Tax ID: 860640868
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No