Helicopter Hostile Fire Indicator (HFI) Sensor Development

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-12-C-A025
Agency Tracking Number: A121-035-0248
Amount: $99,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-035
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
PO Box 202, West End of Second Street, Essington, PA, -
DUNS: 793042243
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rich Billingslea
 Senior Systems Engineer
 (610) 521-6115
Business Contact
 Gregory Piasecki
Title: Director, Commercialization
Phone: (610) 521-6115
Email: GregoryPiasecki@DragonflyPictures.com
Research Institution
Acoustic directional information has always been based upon measuring the difference between sound pressure signals at different locations, just like human hearing (two ears spaced apart). A new sensor technology for battlefield acoustics has emerged that measures acoustic particle velocity instead of sound pressure. Unlike sound pressure, that is a non-directional scalar value, acoustic particle velocity is a directional vector value which can be used to measure a shooter"s location. Dragonfly Pictures, Inc. (DPI) proposes to use this novel acoustic vector sensor (AVS) as an Acoustic Hostile Fire Locator (AHFL). No known sensor is as light, 100 grams (0.22 lbs), as small, the size of a dice, and efficient, consuming less than 100 mA. It is proposed to test the sensor in a fully instrumented autonomous Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS in Phase I. This prepares us to test against small arms, RPGs, MANPADS, to prove its effectiveness at detecting, classifying and locating the threat with<10 meter circular error probable at<1km range in Phase II.

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