Compact Towed Sonar Array

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-06-M-0040
Agency Tracking Number: N052-125-0153
Amount: $99,538.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: N05-125
Solitcitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
9500 Innovation Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
Duns: 945837219
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dave Baird
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 368-6107
Business Contact
 Christine Sigety
Title: Business Management
Phone: (703) 368-6107
Research Institution
Towed arrays for unmanned U. S. Navy platforms require engineering breakthroughs in a number of critical components due to the demands of reduced stowage volume, ¡Ü 0.5¡_ OD array diameter, low cost and improved directional and self-noise performance imposed by UUV/USV¡_s in the performance of their missions. Progeny proposes a system solution based on leveraging new, sufficiently mature sensing, array electro-mechanical, COTS electronics and processing technologies that support a near-term, integrated, open system solution. Key elements of the our approach include: a novel miniaturized vector sensor using single piezocrystal material, an autonomous beamforming and detection processing module being developed for distributed sensor networks, a truly protocol-independent, miniaturized towed array telemetry, and a deployment mechanism capable of handling ¡Ü 0.5¡_ OD arrays already under development by Progeny for surveillance programs. Our proposed array-related technologies and design approach are compatible with ongoing Navy low-cost towed array manufacturing initiatives. An option is proposed to demonstrate two key component technologies within 3 months of option exercise.

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