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Handheld Sonar Intercept Receiver for Divers

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 09-157
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Progeny Systems Corporation
9500 Innovation Drive Manassas, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Handheld Sonar Intercept Receiver for Divers
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-09-M-0456
Award Amount: $69,589.00


Navy divers face ever increasing risk of encountering diver detection sonar systems during missions. With the growing commercial market of diver detection systems there exists a need for portable devices that alert a diver to the presence of high frequency or ultrasonic acoustic transmissions in the vicinity of operation. A unique diver interface to such system must be developed to support the diver operations. To make the system effective, bearing and frequency estimates of the acoustic transmission are provided under a variety of operational scenarios. Both visual and audible warnings provided to the diver will enable real-time adjustments in routes to mitigate the vulnerability risk. Our innovative hand-held receiver packaging approach provides the ability to monitor the system without adding significant hardware to the diver. The operator interface features an intuitive solution that function under extreme in-water situations. Signal Processing must achieve high sensitivity with low false alarm rates, therefore full spectrum; spectral redundant based signal processing techniques need to be considered to enhance detection and bearing estimates within limited space/weight/volume allocations. Progeny's understanding of the acoustic intercept problem is critical to developing a low false alarm solution to this problem.

Principal Investigator:

Ronald Ghen
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Christine Sigety
Manager of Business Suppo
Small Business Information at Submission:

Progeny Systems Corporation
9500 Innovation Drive Manassas, VA 20110

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