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Multi-Sensor Autonomous Hydrothemal Vent Detection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-17-C-0348
Agency Tracking Number: N17A-028-0055
Amount: $224,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N17A-T028
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-10-09
Small Business Information
2701 Midway Drive #81777
San Diego, CA 92138
United States
DUNS: 079242753
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Christian de Moustier
 Principal Investigator
 (619) 208-2583
Business Contact
 Christian Moustier
Phone: (619) 208-2583
Research Institution
 Marine Physical Laboratory, Scripps
 Andrea Lupu
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
United States

 (202) 253-9603
 Nonprofit College or University

Development of a concept of operations is proposed for autonomous hydrothermal vent detection in a single sortie. The concept involves active sonars (forward looking and swath mapping sonars, plus possibly a 1-2 MHz acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) for measuring midwater turbulence) mounted on a commercial AUV equipped with environmental sensors (e.g., CTD, fluorometer, MAPR-ORP). The AUV will be programmed to conduct a systematic seafloor survey mission in which it can (1) deviate from its path when a vent-like signal is detected, sequentially and independently, by two different sonars, (2) approach the target to make proximity verification measurements with the environmental sensors, and (3) resume its programmed survey. The proposed survey system will foster high resolution mapping of the ocean and seafloor processes that are fundamental to geophysical and geological studies of the earth.

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