Reliable Acoustic Path Vertical Line Array

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-08-M-0138
Agency Tracking Number: N082-171-0511
Amount: $69,979.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-171
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
3201 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne, IN, 46815
DUNS: 134500193
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sara Wagar
 Principal Investigator
 (260) 402-0353
Business Contact
 George Lewis
Title: President
Phone: (260) 399-1652
Research Institution
The U.S. Navy has researched the use of various acoustic sensing technologies that exploit the deep water reliable acoustic path (RAP) using vertical line arrays (VLA’s) of vector sensors with success. The buoys used were, however, large, over-the–side deployed, research systems to demonstrate the approach. What is desired is a viable approach that is smaller and can be ideally packaged to facilitate ease of handling for Naval crewmen. Phase I will perform analytical modeling studies of the required system and subsystem components to determine the suitability for RAP VLA operation and do some sensor proof-of-concept evaluations to supplement the modeling. The objective is to establish a cost effective, easily deployable, RAP sensor system that can be prototyped and demonstrated in Phase II. Component level technologies to be evaluated include miniature low noise vector sensors, array electronics and telemetry, DC power generation and distribution, and acoustic communications between the array and a surface platform. System level technologies include end-to-end array design, conventional and advanced signal processing techniques suitable for a deep water vector sensor line array, packaging and deployment concepts, and communication modalities.

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