Low Cost Whale Detection and Monitoring with Radar/Optics

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$149,966.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-07-C-0284
Award Id:
82515
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-019-0680
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4022 Liggett dr., San Diego, CA, 92106
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
178819392
Principal Investigator:
Jon Schoonmaker
Principal Scientist
(619) 838-1218
jon.schoonmaker@advanced-coherent.com
Business Contact:
Tracy Moore
President
(619) 851-4054
tracy.moore@advanced-coherent.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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