Low-Cost UUV Deployed Self-Scuttling Acoustic Source for Littoral Bottom Surveys

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-M-0336
Agency Tracking Number: N12A-017-0063
Amount: $79,959.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N12A-T017
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jed Wilbur
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
 Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.
 Olga Carr
 266 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA, 02543-
 (508) 289-2462
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Ocean bottom acoustic surveys are an important component of a number of littoral missions. Knowledge of local ocean bottom acoustic properties is necessary for modern anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and mine and other buried object detection missions to be successful. Bottom-hugging Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs) are a promising tool for conducting these littoral surveys. However, these missions require a well-characterized sound source that must ultimately be expendable. Existing sound sources are too expensive and poorly suited for UUV deployment: a new, small, very low-cost sound source is needed. In this STTR program, Creare proposes to develop a Self-Scuttling Acoustic Source (SSAS) to suit the littoral surveying need of the Navy. Unlike traditional (and expensive) devices, the SSAS will utilize innovative acoustic transmit-only transduction mechanisms designed with low production cost in mind from the beginning. The SSAS will be small enough for at least four units to be carried and deployed from a single UUV, allowing for multiple survey sites to be interrogated in series. To maximize the acoustic performance and minimize the overall cost, we will investigate and compare three different promising transduction mechanisms in Phase I.

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