Compact Dipping Sonar for Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-10-M-0101
Agency Tracking Number: N093-206-0037
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-206
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
317 West Forsyth St., Jacksonville, FL, 32202
DUNS: 869164939
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary Donoher
 (904) 475-0094
Business Contact
 Karen Picard
Title: Contract Adminstrator
Phone: (904) 475-0094
Research Institution
During the Phase I effort we will design a small, lightweight dipping sonar using innovative transducer and handling system technology. The key innovation in the transducer is an array of segmented flexural discs which will provide both projector and beamformed receiver functionality. By combining these two components, we save a significant amount of space and weight while ending up with greater transducer sensitivity and directionality than would otherwise be possible. Our handling system effort will take advantage of previous SBIR work for autonomous over-boarding of the legacy UDS system. This innovative design will be modified to work with a lighter transducer and reeling machine to provide a UDS system weighing hundreds of pounds less than the legacy system. Our team will also propose autonomous handling system software and advanced beamforming and auto-detection algorithms and will develop the requisite interface control documentation to build a prototype system in a Phase II effort.

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