A High Speed Towed Magnetic Array for In-Road Detection of Improvised Explosive Devices Employing Optimized Magnetic Map Differencing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,834.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W15QKN-08-C-0067
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-169-1366
Solicitation Topic Code:
A07-169
Small Business Information
SKY RESEARCH, INC.
445 Dead Indian Memorial Rd, Ashland, OR, 97520
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Duns:
932096969
Principal Investigator
 Jack Foley
 Vice President, Technology
 (978) 458-9807
 jack.foley@skyresearch.com
Business Contact
 Sue Hawkins
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (541) 552-5105
Email: sue.hawkins@skyresearch.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The documented success of UXO detection offers a technical basis of roadway IED detection. The technical and operational challenges of applying UXO technologies to the IED problem can be overcome by exploiting two aspects of the IED problem. First, the detection of munitions (projectiles, rockets, bombs, etc.) is well understood and readily accomplished with magnetometers through straightforward and well-established procedures. Second, the presence of roadside IEDs changes with time. It is this time-variation in magnetic conditions associated with IED emplacement that offers a unique aspect of the problem that can be exploited to facilitate IED detection, mitigate clutter false alarms, and support near-real-time implementation. Therefore, Sky Research proposes a process referred to as Magnetic Field Change Detection (MFCD) to address the roadway IED threat. Through the leveraging of existing Sky Research technologies and ongoing research and development work, the extensive experience and expertise in magnetics mapping for munitions detection, and through the execution of the proposed work, this technical approach has great potential to meet or exceed the performance requirements of the RFP. MFCD will facilitate IED detection in cluttered environments and has been shown to be effective in recent SKY tests using a low-altitude helicopter-deployed magnetometer array.The documented success of UXO detection offers a technical basis of roadway IED detection. The technical and operational challenges of applying UXO technologies to the IED problem can be overcome by exploiting two aspects of the IED problem. First, the detection of munitions (projectiles, rockets, bombs, etc.) is well understood and readily accomplished with magnetometers through straightforward and well-established procedures. Second, the presence of roadside IEDs changes with time. It is this time-variation in magnetic conditions associated with IED emplacement that offers a unique aspect of the problem that can be exploited to facilitate IED detection, mitigate clutter false alarms, and support near-real-time implementation. Therefore, Sky Research proposes a process referred to as Magnetic Field Change Detection (MFCD) to address the roadway IED threat. Through the leveraging of existing Sky Research technologies and ongoing research and development work, the extensive experience and expertise in magnetics mapping for munitions detection, and through the execution of the proposed work, this technical approach has great potential to meet or exceed the performance requirements of the RFP. MFCD will facilitate IED detection in cluttered environments and has been shown to be effective in recent SKY tests using a low-altitude helicopter-deployed magnetometer array.

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