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Mine Target Reacquisition for Next Generation Mine Neutralization Systems (Sonar SLAM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0535
Agency Tracking Number: B12A-001-0053
Amount: $1,497,771.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA12-T001
Solicitation Number: 12.A
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-08-31
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 James M Glynn
 Area Manager, Marine Technologies
 (978) 738-8237
Business Contact
 David Weatherby
Phone: (978) 738-8107
Research Institution
 University of Rhode Island
 Winifred Nwangwu Winifred Nwangwu
70 Lower College Road
Kingstown, RI 02881
United States

 (401) 874-2635
 Nonprofit College or University

The US Navy is moving towards a Single Sortie Detect to Engage (SSDTE) paradigm to implement in-stride minehunting and mine prosecution. Integrating in-stride Mine Search and Mine Prosecution functions is a key requirement to achieve the SSDTE paradigm. Mine Target Reacquisition between the mine search operations and mine prosecution phases poses a particular challenge, as planned mine prosecution systems operate with lower cost, lower performance sensors as compared to the high fidelity mine search sensors, making mine target reacquisition difficult. Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithms offer the potential to close this capability gap. Recent advances in Sonar SLAM algorithms have demonstrated both the ability to derive georeferenced sea-bed features from the sonar imagery and to improve navigation estimates relative to these sea-bed features. A multi-phase program is described to develop Sonar SLAM algorithms to close the mine target reacquisition capability gap, following a build-test-build-test design spiral methodology, leading to a Sonar SLAM laboratory demonstration. Technology insertion plans to emerging Navy Mine Search and Prosecution Systems are discussed.

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