Affordable Small Diameter Heading Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-10-C-4101
Agency Tracking Number: N083-213-0062
Amount: $999,631.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-213
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, 03755
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Sorensen
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
 phs@creare.com
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
One of the key limits to the detection range and bearing resolution of towed array sonar systems is the fact that the towed array cable will bend due to ocean currents and towing vessel maneuvers. There is therefore a need within the Navy for sensors that are able to measure and accurately quantify the cable attitude at regular intervals along the cable length. The sensor has to be accurate enough to meet Navy requirements and small enough to fit inside the towing cable. We propose to complete the development of a novel heading sensor that can be seamlessly integrated with the towing cable. Our innovative sensor will provide highly accurate measurements of magnetic heading and roll angle of the cable. Our sensor is based on novel miniature magnetic sensor technology and will be packaged to withstand the high pressure and low temperatures of typical underwater missions. Our heading sensor will be inexpensive, small, highly reliable, and consume only a small amount of power. Results of our Phase I project clearly demonstrate the feasibility of our innovative heading sensor concept and provide strong justification for Phase II continuation.

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