A Software Based Navigation Agent (NavAgent) Tool for Navigation Systems Integration

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,537.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00024-01-C-4088
Agency Tracking Number:
N011-0890
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
RD INSTRUMENTS
9855 Businesspark Ave., San Deigo, CA, 92131
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
041426065
Principal Investigator:
Joel Young
Research Scientist
(858) 693-1178
jyoung@rdinstruments.com
Business Contact:
John Yiannakakis
Chief Financial Officer
(858) 693-1178
jyiannak@rdinstruments.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Navy has a need for an Underwater Velocity Indicator which can be mounted on a submersible platform and which can measure the three-component velocity of the platform relative to the water at speeds up to 40 kts. The Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler(ADCP) can provide this capability. These instruments can measure the three-component velocity vector of the water relative to the platform on which they are mounted at a sequence of ranges from the transducer face. This well established acoustictechnology is the most reliable and robust way of meeting the Navy's requirement for a compact saltwater velocity indicator system which can be calibrated and mounted easily on a submersible platform. Present ADCPs, however, are limited to speeds lowerthan 40 kts. by their processing capabilities and their physical configurations. Phase I will consist of reviewing the Navy's requirements and adapting an ADCP to meet them. We will consider both conventional and phased array transducers as well asexisting and developmental electronic implementations of this new, High Speed Underwater Velocity Indicator. We will provide a prototype instrument for testing by the Navy in Phase I.The High Speed Underwater Velocity Indicator will extend the use ofADCPs to high speed platforms, both military and commercial. This includes undersea vehicles and surface vessels such as patrol craft and ferries. It will also find application in industrial facilities requiring cost effective flow measurement data.

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