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Title: Principal Investigator/Project Manager
Phone: (858) 373-2755
Phone: (858) 373-2717
Acoustic quieting and high background noise have decreased the detection range of passive acoustics against threat submarines. Non-acoustic sensors can fill the gap and increase range, while maintaining covertness. ISL and its subcontractor USSI, will leverage extensive experience gained in designing, building and testing a two-sensor air-droppable A-size sonobuoy, into a successful multi-sensor sonobuoy (MSS) design that will improve air-ASW for tactical usage, intelligence, classification and tracking. In Phase 1, we will design a damped sonobuoy string that will minimize motion noise in acoustics, electric and magnetic field sensors. We will conduct tradeoff studies for extending the electric field aperture vs. reducing its SWAP, retaining directional capability and containing cost. We will integrate a scalar magnetic sensor into the MSS and minimize its noise via careful location and calibration/reduction algorithms. Adaptive algorithms that make use of colored clutter will be borrowed from radar processing to enhance the non-acoustic SNR, and we will create data fusion algorithms that effectively combine the three data types and optimize each sensor’s strengths. The increased detection ranges will benefit tactical scenarios, and the multiply sensed data types will improve classification, which will be a great benefit to the Navy in its ASW missions.
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