Tactical Bioluminescence Navigation Aid
Navy SBIR FY2008.2

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2008.2
Topic No.: N08-193
Topic Title: Tactical Bioluminescence Navigation Aid
Proposal No.: N082-193-0463
Firm: Oceanit Laboratories, Inc.
Oceanit Center
828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 600
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Contact: Ken Cheung
Phone: (808) 531-3017
Web Site: www.oceanit.com
Abstract: In some conditions, flow excited bioluminescence caused by a submersible, diver or Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) can be observed at the surface, compromising clandestine operations. This project describes a design for a compact, robust, low power device that will measure a bioluminescent signature, the turbidity and depth of the operator and provide a simple prediction as to the likelihood of observation of that signature by an observer at the surface. The device is simple in concept and operation and provides feedback to the user in the form of a simple graphical interface. Use of the device will allow the operator to change speed, depth or course to minimize the signature, thus decreasing the probability of detection.
Benefits: This technology will be primarily marketed to DoD customers, particularly for submersible platforms. The technology will also be applicable for surface vessels or UUVs to self-monitor bioluminescence signatures. Secondary users may be found in the civil sector for such purposes as the monitoring of pollution, wastewater outfalls and algae bloom in estuarine and littoral waters.