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Innovative Passive Electromagnetic Sensors for Submarines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 27872
Amount: $69,835.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1995
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
8130 Boone Blvd., Suite 500
Vienna, VA 22182
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John E. Don Carlos
 (703) 448-1116
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Research Institution

New submarine missions will require submarines operating in littoral waters to monitor non-radiating aircraft in their operational areas while remaining electromagnetically silent themselves. Conventional passive sensors such as ESM and IR will be ineffective against silent aircraft, and conventional radar sensors will compromise the submarine's own security. Consequently, new passive sensors are required that can detect and track such aircraft. ISL proposes that submarine sensors detect and track aircraft by observing the effects of the aircraft on the existing ambient electromagnetic signal environment. The electromagnetic environment is rich with signals emitted from commercial radio stations, television, radar, and satellites. These electromagnetic signals are scattered by the aircraft and can be received at the submarine using existing antennae. The scattered signals are delayed and frequency (doppler) shifted to an extent that depends on the aircraft position and velocity. Time and frequency shifts can be measured relative to the unscattered direct signal also received on the same antenna. By monitoring several signals, the position and velocity of the aircraft can be estimated without radiation from the submarine or aircraft.

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