Array Element Localization of a Rapidly Deployable System of Sensors: AEL Final Report for the RDS TDP


  1. Ebbeson, G.R.
  2. Heard, G.
  3. Desharnais, F.
  4. Matthews, M.R.
  5. Dosso, S.
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Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
The Rapidly Deployable Systems (RDS) Technology Demonstration Project (TDP) was a major research effort that was conducted by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) – Atlantic. The purpose of this project was to develop a deployable array system with on-board processing components that would be capable of detecting, localizing, and eventually classifying sources of acoustic and electromagnetic energy traveling on or underneath the sea surface. A difficult requirement for the success of the RDS TDP was that the locations of the deployed array sensors must be known with considerable accuracy, generally with an uncertainty of less than 1 m. This sensor localization requirement arose due to a need to accurately localize the source of signal energy, in particular, the depth of the source. This paper describes and demonstrates a technique referred to as Array Element Localization (AEL) that was developed to solve the sensor localization problem.

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Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-TM-2007-009 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Aug 2007
Number of Pages
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