An Expendable, Multi-Spectral, Surfzone, Optical Measurements System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-C-0717
Agency Tracking Number: N071-079-0683
Amount: $737,643.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-079
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 2607, Winnetka, CA, 91396
DUNS: 082191198
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Guy J Farruggia
 Corporate Senior Engineer
 (703) 413-0290
Business Contact
 Steven Ramberg
Title: Vice president
Phone: (703) 413-0290
Research Institution
Areté Associates’ is proposing to develop a hyper-spectral, IOP sensor system that can be deployed by a variety of means in the surfzones of forward areas. It will measure, record and report IOPs that are vital to naval MCM operations. The sensor system will be inexpensive enough to be expendable, but survivable enough to be deployed for a period of up to a few days without failure. Communications between sensors and their base station will be via satellite link. Sensor locations in moored or UUV-borne applications will be determined by outfitting the communications modules with GPS. If deployed on a drifting body the sensor will continuously report its data. Our method is to develop a compact IOP sensor designed around the novel concept of a hyper-spectral modulation transfer radiometer. This instrument will measure the modulation transfer function (MTF) through a volume of water. The modulation transfer function (MTF) is a measure of how light is scattered and absorbed while propagating through an optical system. The scattering and attenuation coefficients will be directly calculated from the MTF data. Hyper-spectral backscatter and source normalization data will also be collected.

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