Low Cost Whale Detection and Monitoring with Radar/Optics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-07-C-0284
Agency Tracking Number: N071-019-0680
Amount: $149,966.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-019
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
4022 Liggett dr., San Diego, CA, 92106
DUNS: 178819392
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jon Schoonmaker
 Principal Scientist
 (619) 838-1218
Business Contact
 Tracy Moore
Title: President
Phone: (619) 851-4054
Email: tracy.moore@advanced-coherent.com
Research Institution
Current ASW testing is often limited by the presence of marine mammals on ASW test ranges. The solicitation suggests the development of a radar system and associated algorithms to detect breaching whales in various sea states. The detection would then be handed off to an EO system for verification, classification, etc. The RADAR system must be able to discriminate the marine mammal blow or breach from open ocean breaking waves. The EO system, once queued must be able to reacquire the animal for verification and classification. This proposal suggests using an EO system that would not only be used as a verification/classification system but would also be used to detect non breaching submerged marine mammals in all sea states as well as breaching animals in high sea states. This EO system is combined with a modified COTS radar system which uses a single transmitter and two receivers. We suggest exploiting the phase difference between the two receivers to discriminate blows from open ocean breaking waves.

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