Algorithms for Rapid and Accurate Depth Localization of Targets for Mine Avoidance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-05-M-0018
Agency Tracking Number: N043-218-0745
Amount: $99,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-218
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
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Principal Investigator
 Jason Rudzinsky
 Senior Scientist
 (860) 440-3253
Business Contact
 David Horne
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (860) 440-3253
Research Institution
The US Navy's new DD(X) destroyer currently under design features amongst its extensive sensor suite an innovative dual (high frequency and mid-frequency) frequency, active bow sonar. One of the primary missions of the high frequency (HF) component of the bow-sonar will be in-stride mine avoidance. Advanced signal processing algorithms, developed for predecessor sonars aboard modern US submarines, allow high-resolution localization (range, depth and relative azimuth) of mine-like objects. However, the performance of these algorithms is degraded under multipath conditions typical of shallow water (<200m) environments. Here we propose to investigate, develop, demonstrate and implement modifications to the existing signal processing sequence to improve the sonar's mine-hunting capabilities in refractive, multipath environments. These modifications will be implemented in a robust, post-monopulse correlated-field-processing algorithm. The proposed algorithm will endeavor to simultaneously estimate both target location and relevant environmental parameters by comparing the beam-time structure of detections on both the real and imaginary parts of the complex monopulse output to efficiently computed, model estimations of the same. Multi-ping trends in beam-time space of the measured and modeled multipath echo differences will facilitate efficient corrections to the assumed sound speed structure and bathymetry via low order empirical and analytical parametric perturbations

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