Environmental Wideband Acoustic Receiver and Source (EWARS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$996,062.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-12-C-0054
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-042-0400
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N101-042
Solicitation Number:
2010.1
Small Business Information
RDA Inc.
P.O. Box 49, Doylestown, PA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
179041470
Principal Investigator:
Joel Cress
Member of Technical Staff
(540) 349-8083
jlcress@rdainc.com
Business Contact:
Richard Dator
President
(215) 340-9514
redator@rdainc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The U.S. Navy requires a new Environmental Wideband Acoustic Receiver and Source (EWARS) sensor to facilitate the gathering of environmental data from Navy ASW platforms. The newly developed EWARS sensor must be deployable in shallow and deep environments, and be capable of operating over a broad spectrum of frequencies. EWARS also requires calibration accuracy, digital uplink format/precision, and high dynamic range. In Phase II of this SBIR, RDA, Inc. will build a single mid-frequency sonobuoy prototype from this specification as a proof-of-concept, demonstrating its performance by way of in-water testing. RDA, Inc. analyzed a number of candidate sensor configurations, and proposed a configuration that not only meets the requirements of the SBIR solicitation, but also proves feasible both in cost and packaging..To maximize economy and to minimize risk, the RDA, Inc. prototype leverages heavily on existing technology readily available or currently being developed for use in other U.S. Navy sensors. The Phase II plan is to design, develop, integrate, and test a prototype EWARS sonobuoy that meets most of the requirements specified in Phase I, with a forward plan to accommodate all requirements once the proof-of-concept is complete.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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