Compact, Lightweight Magnetic Sensor for Small Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUV)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-09-M-0046
Agency Tracking Number: N083-218-0184
Amount: $99,967.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-218
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
445 Dead Indian Memorial Rd, Ashland, OR, 97520
DUNS: 932096969
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Greg Schultz
 Research Geophysicist
 (802) 234-6463
 greg.schultz@skyresearch.com
Business Contact
 Anne Sky
Title: Research Geophysicist
Phone: (541) 552-5101
Email: anne.sky@skyresearch.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Sky Research, Inc. and Geometrics, Inc. propose to develop a sensor system that can be efficiently integrated into various versions of the Navy MK 18 MOD 1 Swordfish and Remote Environmental Measurement UnitS (REMUS)-100 in-service Unmanned Underwater Vehicles using extremely small, very low power total field magnetic sensors. To meet the needs of the U.S. Navy, the system will be designed to correctly confirm acoustic or optical mine classifications, including those with low magnetic signature, and reject acoustic clutter or poor optical imagery in low-visibility waters. Geometrics has demonstrated the feasibility of designing and commercializing these miniaturized Micro-Fabricated Atomic Magnetometers (MFAM). These sensors still have the fundamental advantage of total-field readings, which are independent of the orientation of the platform and sensor relative to the direction of the magnetic field being measured. The conceptual design of a sensor system using MFAM technology used in conjunction with acoustic sensors to improve the probabilities of detection, classification, and identification in harsh environments will be developed in Phase I. In addition, the deployment of multiple MFAM sensors along the enclosure axis will be investigated as a means to improve the compensation of magnetic noise generated from the platform.

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