Compact Airborne Acoustic Transmitter for Buried Object Stimulation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-M-0195
Agency Tracking Number: N121-088-0739
Amount: $149,921.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-088
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
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
Research Institution
Landmines and buried improvised explosive devices (IED) represent a clear and present danger to the modern U.S. warfighter. The ability to survey a potentially hazardous area from the air using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-mounted optical acoustic system has the potential to greatly reduce causality rates. However, existing acoustic sources are inadequate to stimulate the earth at the necessary levels or frequencies from the desired altitudesa new, compact, efficient, and intense sound source is needed. In this effort, Creare proposes to develop a Compact Airborne Acoustic Transmitter (CAAT) capable of stimulating the ground at 100 dB over the 90 to 400 Hz frequency range from an altitude of 1,000 feet. The CAAT combines an innovative, highly efficient acoustic source with a novel, efficient, and directional acoustic horn to maximize the sound pressure level on the ground. Creare has assembled a highly qualified team for this development effort. In Phase I, we will compare the designs of two sound sources and numerically optimize the shape of the acoustic horn. In Phase II, we will interface the subsystems and build, test, validate and deliver to the Navy a prototype of the required size, shape, weight, power consumption, and acoustic output.

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