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Hydrophone Incorporating Open Architecture Telemetry

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-22-C-0001
Agency Tracking Number: N201-062-0351
Amount: $1,198,881.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N201-062
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-01-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-01-31
Small Business Information
5933 N. Route 220 HWY
Linden, PA 17744-7703
United States
DUNS: 028856420
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dennis Eldred
 (570) 322-2700
 deldred@qortek.com
Business Contact
 Zachary Stimely
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Email: zstimely@qortek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

As anti-submarine warfare (ASW) technologies expanded rapidly during the Cold War, towed array systems such as Surveillance Towed Array Sonar System (SURTASS) were deployed with outstanding success at detecting submarines. Later TB-29(A) and TB-34 along with the Multi-Function Towed Array (MFTA) have further increased detection capabilities. This proposal aims to reduce the cost of hydrophone integration into the towed arrays while concurrently improving array performance.  A significant cost of towed arrays is derived from touch time for assembly of the towed array from the multiple components.  To help reduce costs, this program aims to simplify assembly procedures and standardize the hydrophone components.  The program objective is to integrate the ceramic elements with embedded electronics to provide a better solution for the Acoustic Channel Assembly (ACA) following the Open Architecture Telemetry standardization. A secondary objective is to develop the industry’s first commercially available textured piezo hydrophone element. This new technology significantly improves sensitivity performance while simultaneously lowering receive noise. The textured piezo technology allows for retrofitted array improvements in legacy arrays and is directly applicable to transmit transducer applications.

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