Texas Patent of the Month – August 2021

R2Sonic, LLC has developed a hyperspectral sonar system to help in bottom and water column characterization. Hyperspectral sonar uses a variety of different transmit waveforms, beamforms, and post-processing methods  to acquire data across a broad spectrum of frequencies. Traditional sonar surveys such as bathymetric surveys are reliant on preemptive knowledge on which frequencies are needed. The survey is then conducted with a set frequency and analyzed after. This limits the effectiveness of studies as researchers must perform surveys every time they need information in a new frequency.

This hyperspectral sonar system uses a vertical survey system with multibeam echo sounder systems. The device allows comparison of band pass filter outputs, assessing the strength of echo returns at particular frequencies. A signal generator constructs a message which is delivered to the amplifier and projector. The returns are picked up by a hydrophone and processed. This type of analysis allows researchers to select and evaluate a range of frequencies of interest even after the survey is completed, providing more detailed research capabilities without requiring numerous surveys.

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