Shark-Inspired Underwater Sensors for Homing and Imaging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0241
Agency Tracking Number: N051-003-1306
Amount: $126,901.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-003
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
ADVANCED CERAMICS RESEARCH, INC.
3292 E. Hemisphere Loop, Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 602374951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bernard Zahuranec
 Research Scientist
 (520) 573-6300
 bzahuranec@yahoo.com
Business Contact
 Brett Waldo
Title: Controller
Phone: (520) 573-6300
Email: bwaldo@acrtucson.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This proposal in based upon the belief that the naturally occurring acute electrical sensitivity of marine sharks and rays used to navigate, orient, and detect food and objects can be replicated by man and possibly used for future underwater imaging and sensing capabilities. If developed, such a capability might allow for the detection of small, hostile submarines entering a seawater inlet, harbor or channel, or allow objects such as mines to be pinpointed in shallow waters where sonar imaging is severely compromised. Advanced Ceramics Research is involved in mission work providing unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and related support equipment for Naval Special Clearance Team 1, who specializes in Littoral Combat operations. This work also includes extensive efforts to provide new surface and underwater based sensors that directly interact with small UAVs.

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