Expendable Small Object Avoidance (SOA) Sonar Detector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32727
Amount: $69,967.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7923 Jones Branch Drive, Mclean, VA, 22102
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Marshall Bradley
 (504) 649-0450
Business Contact
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Research Institution
The objective of our Phase I research is to demonstrate that it is technologically feasible to package an active sonar with operationally useful detection capabilities in an A-sized sonobuoy canister, at a price which will permit adequate spatial coverage of a littoral region during tactical operations. Our basic system concept is a vertical array of source elements mounted orthogonal to planar receiver aperture. The vertical source aperture projects At near horizontal angles to avoid the deleterious effects of high angle reverberation. The receive array will have substantial planar aperture in order to form narrow beams to further reject reverberation and localize the target in azimuth. We have investigated geometries and configurations for autonomously deployed planar sonar arrays and have developed an approach employing dipole sensors, which allows advantageous characteristics for sonobuoy and other applications. We will exercise engineering tradeoff studies of several approaches to develop a recommended small object avoidance architecture; we are introducing this dipole sensor array as a probable prime candidate receiver for detection of small objects in turbid water. In-buoy beamforming with a highlight identifier will be used, in order to minimize data relay requirements.

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