Check Range Sensor Pod
Navy SBIR FY2013.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2013.1
Topic No.: N131-070
Topic Title: Check Range Sensor Pod
Proposal No.: N131-070-0362
Firm: Progeny Systems Corporation
9500 Innovation Drive
Manassas, Virginia 20110
Contact: Mike Mullen
Phone: (717) 938-4433
Web Site:
Abstract: The US Navy has a requirement for a disposable sensor pod to autonomously assess signature levels for in-situ tactical awareness that can be deployed from a submerged submarine utilizing existing platform capabilities. Progeny Systems Corporation proposes to develop an innovative Check Range Sensor Pod to allow ships and submarines to measure underwater magnetic and acoustic radiated signatures at forward sites removed from shore-based fixed monitoring facilities. The expendable pod will be reconfigurable to take measurements at a set depth down to 300 meters. Launched from the submarine, the Check Range Pod deploys a sensor array, tracks its relative position, and maintains a command and control datalink. Upon completion of recording events the submarine retrieves the processed sensor data and the pod scuttles. Our Phase I effort will design and demonstrate feasibility of the magnetic and acoustic sensors, develop data processing algorithms, and develop a high level pod design with deployment and employment operational concepts. Phase I option will develop the Phase II prototype design.
Benefits: This effort will lead to the development of a new class of underwater autonomous magnetic and acoustic sensors that can be employed in various military and commercial applications, and particularly suited for platform self-monitoring of radiated signatures of ships and submarines remote from fixed shore-based monitoring sites. An extension of this technology would integrate similar sensors in underwater vehicles, fixed sites, and sonobuoys for submarine, ship, and swimmer detection, and for waterfront critical infrastructure perimeter security. Commercial and scientific applications include oceanographic and environmental data collection.