Advanced Forward Looking Sonar for Unmanned Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$559,423.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00164-05-C-6090
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-051-1150
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
N04-051
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
SONATECH, INC.
879 Ward Drive, Santa Barbara, CA, 93111
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
063802250
Principal Investigator:
Chester Loggins
Staff Scientist
(805) 681-1431
loggins@sonatech.com
Business Contact:
Mark Shaw
Business Manager
(805) 681-1431
shaw@sonatech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Remote Minehunting System (RMS) AN/WLD-1(V)1 vehicle (RMV) currently does not have a forward-looking sonar (FLS) or any other underwater obstacle avoidance sensor. This means that the RMV itself, while towing a sonar array, will be “flying blind” in littoral environments that are expected to have mines and other obstacles. Operating without an FLS poses a significant risk to the vehicle and therefore to the RMS mission. The addition of an FLS to the RMV will eliminate this risk. Sonatech is in a unique position to manufacture a prototype FLS system for the RMS application that incorporates the state-of-the-art technology and features of the design developed by Sonatech in Phase I of this project. This is because Sonatech has extensive experience in high-performance FLS design and manufacture for a number of critical applications. Sonatech has successfully completed Phase I of the program by proving the feasibility of the concept with transducer prototypes test data, system performance analyses, system design specification which all serve as the basis for the production of a prototype FLS in Phase II.

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