Low-Cost Biodegradable Massive Sensor Networks for Submarine Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-R153
Agency Tracking Number: 03SB1-0339
Amount: $789,510.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: SB031-023
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bradley Davis
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 953-1785
Business Contact
 Richard Claus
Title: President
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Email: roclaus@nanosonic.com
Research Institution
The proposed SBIR Phase II program would implement a multi-sensor system for the detection of submarines at close range in littoral waters. During Phase I, NanoSonic examined several options and downselected these options to a single implementation. In cooperation with a major DoD contractor intimately involved in distributed littoral battlespace sensor systems, NanoSonic will build a prototype system for evaluation and use in a simulation model for the larger array. The system will implement a magnetic detection scheme in which a widely distributed sensor array will form a barrier with bounded probability of detection and false alarm rates. NanoSonic will also continue to characterize and adapt a unique magnetic sensor for specific application to this program. The sensitivity of this sensor exceeds that of other low-cost magnetic sensors. NanoSonic would continue to work with Virginia Tech researchers who have specific experience with small autonomous underwater platforms and their cooperative navigation, search and track functions. This system will indicate and localize submarine contacts while complementing existing acoustic systems. NanoSonic specifically anticipates the transition of developed technology in cooperation with the DoD contractor. The NanoSonic PI has direct experience in the defense industry with sensors, propagation and systems engineering.

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