Low Cost Navigation Radar Detector for Unamnned Maritime Vehicle Surface Contact Avoidance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-07-M-0025
Agency Tracking Number: N062-131-0024
Amount: $69,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-131
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
1900 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA, 90025
DUNS: 053885604
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Salzman
 Principal Staff
 (310) 954-2200
Business Contact
 Michael Syracuse
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (301) 565-0306
Email: MSyracuse@tsc.com
Research Institution
Transiting littoral waters safely is particularly complex for a UUV or USV, especially during military operations in low visibility, since there may be a high density of commercial vessels, fishing vessels, ferries, utility/patrol vessels, and military vessels moving on independent paths. Safe transit of littoral waters by a UUV means, primarily, avoidance of hull-on-hull collisions with vessels of deep draft and, secondly, avoidance of hull-on-mast collisions with smaller surface vessels. To address this problem, TSC proposes the design of a passive navigation and surface contact avoidance aid that merges two innovative TSC technologies: the DMD intercept receiver and the angular resolution technique of a novel OMNI radar. The former is a highly-sensitive intercept receiver technique, originally developed for the NAVSEA (PMS 435) as a possible adjunct to the BLQ-10 ES system, while the latter is a DF technique designed as a low-cost non-scanning solution providing 360 deg angular measurement. Additionally, we offer an active OMNI Detect & Locate radar solution, to address contact avoidance (especially with small vessels that do not emit EM signals). The OMNI Radar will transmit very low power (≤ 1 W), to maintain the low detectability of the UAV/USV. AIS will be integrated with either approach.

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