Low Cost Whale Detection and Monitoring with Optics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0139
Agency Tracking Number: N071-019-0680
Amount: $999,939.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
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 and generally assist in the Marine Species Mitigation (MSM) problem. The detection would then be handed off to an Electro Optical (EO) system for verification, classification, etc. The EO system, once queued must be able to reacquire the animal for verification and classification. This proposal suggests the employment of 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 low sea states as well as breaching animals in high sea states. The system will provide GPS locations and high resolution still images of all whales detected.

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