Compact, Lightweight Magnetic Sensor for Small Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUV)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-10-C-4176
Agency Tracking Number: N083-218-0184
Amount: $599,943.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-218
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
445 Dead Indian Memorial Rd, Ashland, OR, 97520
DUNS: 932096969
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregory Schultz
 Research Geophysicist
 (541) 552-5194
Business Contact
 Jack Foley
Title: VP Technology
Phone: (541) 552-5141
Research Institution
The objective of our Phase II work is to develop and demonstrate the Magnetic Underwater Mine (MAGNUM) confirmation sensor and associated integrated UUV sensor module. In the Phase I project, Sky Research and Geometrics explored the use of Micro-Fabricated Atomic Magnetometers (MFAM) technology to meet the Navy’s needs. The prospective MFAM sensor, data acquisition, and processing module have been designed to optimize the key performance factors of the integrated UUV system. Using the results from the success of Phase I, we propose to further develop the technology. Our focus will be on meeting both the performance specifications for sensing and providing a robust integrated solution under demanding operational conditions using a staged approach of graduated development, testing, and demonstrations. During the 12 month Base Effort, a fully functional MAGNUM sensing unit will be developed and tested for an integrated flooded compartment. The first Option period will lead to a fully-integrated module ready for integration with the Mk 18 MOD 1 UUV. In the second Option period, we will perform a submerged prove-out of the integrated sensing capability and document the system design, interface control, and suggested design enhancements based on analysis of the capabilities and limitations in acceptance tests.

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