Light Weight Coastal Topographic/ Bathymetric Charting System for Naval Unmanned Airborne Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-14-C-0120
Agency Tracking Number: N101-089-1042a
Amount: $2,698,680.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-089
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
Arete Associates
P.O. Box 2607, Winnetka, CA, 91396
DUNS: 082191198
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ryan Redford
 Program Manager
 (520) 571-8660
 rredford@arete.com
Business Contact
 David Kane
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (520) 770-6099
Email: contracts@arete.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Arete Associates has developed a compact lightweight lidar system for precision bathymetry and topography suitable for operation from a small tactical unmanned aerial vehicle. The subject of this Phase 2 SBIR is to adapt this existing system to perform submarine detection, classification, and localization. System adaptations include hardware upgrades to optimize ASW performance, implementation of optimal submarine detection algorithms into an on-board real-time processing system, and direct demonstration of the ASW capability by open ocean flights over representative submarine targets. Arete Associates has participated in virtually every program in airborne lidar for ocean remote sensing since the mid-1980s, and is the leading developer of blue-green lidar systems for the US Navy for mine detection applications such as the Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). By leveraging the operational experience with ASW lidar systems, the engineering expertise with airborne mine countermeasure systems, and the innovative designs of the compact lightweight bathymetric lidar, this SBIR provides an outstanding opportunity for the direct demonstration of the utility of a small compact lidar for real-time submarine detection and classification.

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