VIP Sensors Inc. has developed a Multimode Optical Sensor that can be integrated into a single node of the Autonomous Undersea Weapon System for target detection, classification, localization and tracking. The sensor can be packaged as an optical vector sensor, which measures the amplitude and direction of acoustic waves, or as an optical pressure sensor that reads the hydrostatic pressure as well as the dynamic pressure produced by gravity waves. The optical sensor is enclosed in a cylindrical canister with a polyurethane dome containing miniature MOMS (micro-optical-mechanical-systems) Silicon chips, and a printed circuit board with the electronics needed to process the sensor signals and to communicate with the upstream system. We are looking for a DoD sponsor to transfer this novel sensors to the fleet.
VIP Sensors' Fiber Optic Vector Sensors (FOVS) system satisfies Navy requirements for a highly sensitive, compact directional acoustic sensing system. An innovative system of fiber optic sensors and compasses coupled with a readout system and a fiber optic interconnecting cable, FOVS is designed to address measurement applications in the challenging undersea environment when deployed in expendable Class A sonobuoys. FOVS sensors have been built and tested, and electronics have been adapted from existing sonobuoy and undersea applications. Specializing in the design and development of systems to address challenging measurement applications, VIP Sensors seeks opportunities to customize and deploy the FOVS technology in various applications to demonstrate their effectiveness and would entertain teaming arrangements with government agencies/prime contractors to incorporate FOVS technology such applications.