Embedded Sensors with Low Power Telemetry for Towed Arrays

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-14-C-4017
Agency Tracking Number: N121-048-0964
Amount: $400,479.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-048
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
1510 Springport Rd Suite C, Jackson, MI, 49202-
DUNS: 005055582
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jerry Cole
 Transducer Engineer
 (517) 784-8340
Business Contact
 David Sparks
Title: President
Phone: (517) 784-8340
Email: dsparks@sealandaire.com
Research Institution
The U.S. Navy is interested in improving the capability and reliability of towed arrays by embedding low power telemetry electronics into the same package as the hydrophone/sensors. The telemetry electronics will be located inside a pressure housing that will contribute to increased reliability. This project requires both advancement/miniaturization of the telemetry circuits and the hydrophone to keep the overall size small (goal of 0.5"OD x 2.0"length) with the same or increased acoustic performance and lower power consumption. The smaller size allows for more hydrophones per unit length which improves array performance. Embedding telemetry with the hydrophone opens up the possibility of transmitting the response of every hydrophone to the processing system. Increased sensor count with embedded telemetry will result in higher data rates for these oversampled arrays, requiring innovative approaches to accommodate the resulting increased data bandwidth. Having multiple sensors and telemetry channels will result in inherent redundancy and graceful degradation in the event of a sensor failure. Innovative concepts will be developed to increase the number of channels per unit length in sonar arrays to improve system performance while simultaneously reducing the power required and improving reliability.

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