Identification and Tracking of Juvenile Desert Tortoises

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,403.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9302-06-M-0013
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-318-0341
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-318
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
SPECTRA RESEARCH, INC.
3085 Woodman Drive, Suite 200, Dayton, OH, 45420
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
603299207
Principal Investigator:
James Riddell III
Principal Engineer
(937) 299-5999
jriddell@spectra-research.com
Business Contact:
Jerry Capozzi
President / COO
(937) 299-5999
capozzij@spectra-research.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Identification and tracking techniques are required for discovering juvenile Desert Tortoise migration paths at Edwards AFB, and specifically in the PIRA solid rocket plume outwash areas. Now, only the technology for tracking adult tortoises exists, and as a threatened species the juveniles must be included as soon as possible. Although suitable tracking devices exist for insects and small animals, they do not presently simultaneously satisfy battery size, longevity and transmission range for the small tortoise. The proposed research will solve this problem by utilizing a harmonic transponder as a transmitter, either unpowered or with one or more RF amplifiers. Beginning with the 0.915± 0.013 GHz band, a tortoise mounted transmitter and compatible interrogator/receiver system will be investigated and evaluated for detection/identification range. For each RF design, battery size will be evaluated for lifetime vs. output power and the resultant transmitter package evaluated for tortoise compatibility and suitability for the Edwards AFB geography. Innovative antenna and RF hardware concepts are available at Spectra-Research to produce transmitter and interrogator/receiver designs not presently extant. Although not required until Phase II, we will fabricate and test the optimum transmitter design by the end of Phase I.

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