Bioluminescence Risk Detection Aid

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$874,432.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-10-C-0272
Award Id:
87853
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-193-0199
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-193
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
620 Applegate St., PO Box 518, Philomath, OR, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
787151828
Principal Investigator:
Cristina Orrico
Senior Research Associate
(541) 929-5650
cris@wetlabs.com
Business Contact:
Debra Hammond
Financial Manager
(541) 929-5650
debra@wetlabs.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Nighttime bioluminescence poses a large naval tactical problem. Therefore a navigation aid is required for underwater vehicles (manned or un-manned) that will sense the platform-induced (e.g. an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle, SEAL Delivery Vehicle, or diver) bioluminescence, water optical properties, and ambient light, and use the measured parameters as input to solve a simple radiative transfer algorithm that outputs the level of the detection risk to the vechicle navigator that is easy to interpret. Through our Phase I efforts, we demonstrated the feasibility of providing an accurate prediction of risk under"worst case"(black night) conditions. The long-term goal of this project is to develop a bioluminescence risk detection aid for underwater vehicle navigation and mission planning and in Phase II we plan to build and evaluate several prototype systems. Our envisioned bioluminescence risk detection aid will be a standalone, self contained unit that includes 1) a suite of simple, compact, low power sensors to measure bioluminescence intensity, water attenuation properties, ambient light, depth and time, 2) a data acquisition and processing system to integrate measurement streams and apply a simple radiative transfer algorithm to determine bioluminescence detection risk, and 3) a simple user interface to display real-time threat risk.

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