Development of Analysis Techniques for Predicting Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) Equipped UAV Performance in Naval Anti-Submarine Warfare Environment.
Navy SBIR FY2014.1
||Navy SBIR FY2014.1|
||Development of Analysis Techniques for Predicting Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) Equipped UAV Performance in Naval Anti-Submarine Warfare Environment.|
P.O. Box 2607
Winnetka, California 91396-2607
||This effort will design tactical decision aid (TDA) software that will estimate the performance of a magnetometer-equipped UAV seeking to exploit the magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) signatures of a submerged submarine. Arete Associates will design software to yield estimates of performance such as probability of detection as well as appropriate search pattern flight paths. The environmental conditions to be considered include noise from geomagnetic sources, geology and ocean waves. Tactical considerations include search pattern orientation and potential encounter orientations with respect to the Earth's field, swell direction, wind and other factors. The software plan will identify modules encapsulating each of the relevant models or algorithms. A module integration plan will develop a Monte Carlo framework to evaluate probability of detection and other measures of effectiveness, allowing candidate search patterns to be ranked. Arete Associates will assess these plans for feasibility, taking into consideration module speed, maturity and other design factors. Under the Phase I Option task, Arete Associates will develop prototypes of key modules to instantiate a basic prototype of the TDA software.|
||The software developed under this effort would allow Arete Associates to meet growing market demand magnetometer-equipped UAVs in defense and civilian markets. The primary commercialization path is integration for UTAS flight demonstration under ONR and NAVAIR sponsorship and non-SBIR matching funds in a Phase III program. Other promising avenues include a sea-launched variant of UTAS, an aeromagnetic survey planning tool for petroleum industries, and government-sponsored mapping of submerged hazards to navigation.|