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Extended Range Environmental Interrogator (ExREI) for Accurate Sound Velocity Profiling

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: HR001122C0161
Agency Tracking Number: D2-2661
Amount: $1,684,320.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: HR001121S0007-09
Solicitation Number: HR001121S0007.I
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-03-31
Small Business Information
41-305 Kalanianaole Hwy
Waimanalo, HI 96795-1111
United States
DUNS: 066271768
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Veenstra
 (808) 259-8871
Business Contact
 Michael Nedbal
Phone: (808) 259-8871
Research Institution

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) uses a number of acoustic systems required for communication and sensing applications subsea. In order to most effectively use these acoustic systems, there must be a good understanding of the sound speed throughout the water column. The water temperature and salinity profiles vs. depth are the critical factors that influence the speed of sound in a body of water. Sound speed is highly variable in the upper part of the water column, where seawater temperature and—in the Arctic, especially—salinity can be both highly variable and dynamic in time and geographic location. Having an accurate real-time means of measuring the seawater temperature, and thus the sound speed in this upper part of the water column provides critical information to improve vulnerability assessments of subsea platforms, and the effectiveness of surveillance systems. Moreover, high-resolution, in-situ seawater temperature and sound velocity profiles collected over time in areas of interest enable improved accuracy of Naval Oceanographic predictive models, and benefits down-stream operations such as the Sonar Tactical Decision Aide (STDA) which are critical to maintaining acoustic superiority. To address this critical gap the Makai team is developing the ExREI (Extended Range Environmental Interrogator), a robust, deployable, multi-use sensor that measures key environmental properties that are processed in combination with a host platform’s hotel sensors to generate accurate and timely sound speed profiles in real-time.

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