Shark Weak Electromagnetic (EM) Field Detection for Moving Objects

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$149,443.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-05-C-0240
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-003-1407
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
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
041426065
Principal Investigator:
Jerry Mullison
Research Scientist
(858) 693-1178
jmullison@rdinstruments.com
Business Contact:
John Yiannakakis
CFO
(858) 693-1178
jyiannakakis@rdinstruments.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Phase I proposal is to establish the feasibility of a covert/low-observable sensor system for detecting and classifying small, slow moving surface or subsurface bodies in coastal shallow water, bays, port areas, or waterways utilizing weak EM signals or field deviations. We explore the possibility of developing a platform-independent sensor to emulate the observed electric sense of sharks. The sensor will be capable of deployment on the ocean bottom, Type A Sonobuoy size floats, and on AUVs. Substantial work must be done to enhance existing laboratory facilities with equipment necessary to control the ambient electric field, and this work is split across Phase I and a Phase I Option request. The sharks themselves will be our initial guides into what is possible. We will quantify the shark's ability to detect nonelectrogenic objects in an applied electric field, and determine the extent to which we can emulate it with custom-built electrodes. Once feasibility is determined, we will propose a prototype sensor capable of deployment on a variety of COTS platforms for Phase II.

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