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In-Air E-field Sensor for Airborne Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-16-C-0397
Agency Tracking Number: N15A-004-0174
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N15A-T004
Solicitation Number: 2015.0
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-08-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-08-31
Small Business Information
1242 Chestnut Street
Newton, MA 02464
United States
DUNS: 078673633
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Gregory Schultz
 (603) 678-8385
Business Contact
 Edmund Reiter
Phone: (617) 851-6152
Research Institution
 Boston University
 Diane Baldwin
881 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
United States

 (617) 353-4365
 Nonprofit College or University

The U.S. Navy is seeking new technologies and platforms to advance airborne anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and related maritime surveillance. Current magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) sensors, such as the latest versions of atomic magnetometers, are capable of very low noise operation. However, the performance of these sensors can be limited by the geomagnetic noise environment more so than by either intrinsic sensitivity or procedures for extracting target signals of interest. Monitoring of the ambient electric field (E-field) in conjunction with MAD signals may provide new capability for reducing the geomagnetic noise without significant loss of target signal. Under this STTR project, White River Technologies is fully developing and validating a noise mitigation approach for airborne electromagnetic sensing missions. This effort significantly leverages advances in electric field sensing, analysis and implementation of miniaturized magnetometers, and methods to integrate sensor payloads on manned and unmanned aerial platforms developed by our team. Extensions to underwater search and rescue, salvage, subsea explosive hazard detection, and marine civil infrastructure characterization may be readily accomplished via adaptation of our modular design.

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