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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-01-C-4088
Agency Tracking Number: N011-0890
Amount: $69,537.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9855 Businesspark Ave., San Deigo, CA, 92131
DUNS: 041426065
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joel Young
 Research Scientist
 (858) 693-1178
Business Contact
 John Yiannakakis
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (858) 693-1178
Email: jyiannak@rdinstruments.com
Research Institution
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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