Sonar and Other Underwater Sensing Technology
Solicitation Number: 15_433
Agency: Department of Energy
Office: Sandia Corp. (DOE Contractor)
Location: Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories pioneered the Phase Gradient Autofocus algorithm (PGA) which enables sharper imaging in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). By deploying PGA, similar algorithms and other related technologies from radar applications, and image and signal processing capabilities, Sandia has the potential to significantly advance the vanguard of sonar and underwater sensing, especially in underwater vehicle applications. Advancements in sonar and underwater sensing technology will broaden applications and will also result in improved effectiveness in underwater vehicle technologies.
Sandia's capabilities include developing and applying existing algorithms in sonar and radar applications. Sandia has a large IP portfolio of algorithms in radar and sonar technologies that could be effectively deployed in the sonar and underwater sensing space. Prospective applications include port and shipping security, underwater or seafloor anomaly detection, and underwater salvage.
Sandia seeks to collaborate with a company or companies interested in partnering opportunities leading to new applications of advanced algorithm technology for underwater vehicles. Collaborations may take the form of Cooperative Research & Development Agreements (CRADA), or Strategic Partnership Project (SPP) agreements. Additional information related to these agreements can be found attached below.
CRADAs and SPPs provide the potential for significant competitive advantages for our partners, including up to exclusive licenses to Sandia technologies. Please see attached "Doing Business with Sandia" for a description of the various types of partnerships and agreements available.
Potential partners will be required to provide funding to Sandia to develop this technology. In addition, partners must have a significant demonstrable interest/track record in developing and deploying this or related technologies.
Interested companies are required to have experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas:
•Other Sonar Imaging
•Underwater vehicle sensor technology such as cameras, thermal sensors, long distance tele-operation
•Autonomous vehicle operation