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Mounting of Acoustic Vector Sensors on UUVs

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
79368
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N062-145-0486
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Physical Sciences Corp.
475 Bridge Street Suite 100 Groton, CT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Mounting of Acoustic Vector Sensors on UUVs
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-07-M-0043
Award Amount: $69,994.00
 

Abstract:

Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in the littorals require higher sensor densities than are generally necessary in blue-water environments, and inevitably place sensor platforms within striking range of enemy combatants. Technological preparations for the littoral battlespace have motivated development of unmanned underwater vehicles as cost effective ASW and mine detection sensor platforms. In parallel, new sonar system concepts are being developed for use on-board UUVs, including acoustic vector sensors, which measure at a collated point both the scalar acoustic pressure and the acoustic particle motion vector. These sensors provide for directionality in a compact body, and are ideally suited for use on UUVs. To date, a consistent and effective method for installing vector sensors within the "footprint" of a UUV has not been achieved. We here propose a dual-track development in response to SBIR Topic N06-145. In the first track, we will develop a concept in which a pre-mounted vector sensor, built into a protective pod housing, can be used either in the nose section or on the exterior of a UUV body. In the second concept, we will investigate and develop an approach in which the (typically) neutrally buoyant vehicle itself acts as a low frequency vector sensor.

Principal Investigator:

Jason Rudzinsky
Principal Scientist
8604483253
jrudzinsky@aphysci.com

Business Contact:

David Horne
Vice President/Business M
8604483253
dhorne@aphysci.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

APPLIED PHYSICAL SCIENCES CORP.
475 Bridge Street, Suite 100 Groton, CT 06340

EIN/Tax ID: 010655626
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No