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TALONS for Marine Mammal Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: NA21OAR0210490
Agency Tracking Number: 2943658
Amount: $149,800.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 9.4
Solicitation Number: NOAA-OAR-OAR-TPO-2021-2006702
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-02-28
Small Business Information
1850 Frankfurst Ave
Baltimore, MD 21226
United States
DUNS: 188955991
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Paul Seiffert
 Principal Engineer
 (443) 524-3330
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Hines
Title: Vice President
Phone: (443) 524-3330
Research Institution

While increases in maritime shipping traffic continue on an exponential trend, marine mammals,
especially the critically endangered Right whale, is experiencing ever increasing injuries and
deaths due to ship strikes and fishing gear entanglements. This SBIR seeks to combine two fielded
prototype technologies- a parafoil built for the US Navy (TALONS), and a whale detection sensor
system that would give ship captains a greater chance of reacting well before a ship crosses paths
with a whale. This technology combination also shows great promise for A) vessel-strike
mitigation, B) noise mitigation during windfarm construction and piledriving as well as NOAA
scientific applications for marine mammal tracking and detection. In long-run one could imagine
autonomous vehicles equipped with such systems to track individual whales of highly endangered
species (e.g. North Atlantic right whale) and create mobile high-awareness zones to protect those

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