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Company Information:

Company Name: RDRTec Inc.
City: Dallas
State: TX
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (214) 213-5579

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,948,105.00 20
SBIR Phase II $13,748,358.00 18
STTR Phase I $229,932.00 2
STTR Phase II $489,138.00 1

Award List:

Automated Ship and Small Craft Classification Tools for ISAR Imagery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Wayne Miller, Sr. Principle Engineer
Award Amount: $79,995.00
Abstract:
RDRTec proposes to develop, compare, and test innovative techniques that will provide robust adaptive ISAR classification tools to assist the radar operator's rapid and accurate classification of ships and small boats in the littoral. This includes variation within specific classes. The final goal… More

Concepts for Pulse Interleaving Radar Modes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney W. Theis, Principle Investigator
Award Amount: $149,809.00
Abstract:
The implementation of Sense and Avoid (S&A) capabilities on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) present a particular challenge in that sensor technologies, visible, infrared and RF, tend to require too much space, weight and power (SWAP) for these relatively small airframes, yet these craft are a great… More

Automated Ship and Small Craft Classification Tools for ISAR Imagery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney W. Theis, President
Award Amount: $674,909.00
Abstract:
RDRTec proposes to further develop, mature, test, and begin transition of innovative techniques based on the Phase 1 effort that will provide robust adaptive ISAR classification tools to assist the radar operator's rapid and accurate classification of ships and small boats in the littoral. This… More

Radar Detection and Tracking of Small Maritime Targets at High Grazing Angles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President
Award Amount: $599,852.00
Abstract:
This effort will develop and test a long integration mode for radar detection and tracking of small maritime targets at high grazing angles for the Fire Scout radar. This mode will exploit the combination of new innovative Pulse Mode Interleaved (PMI) radar hardware capabilities that enable long… More

Radar Detection and Tracking of Small Maritime Targets at High Grazing Angles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney W. Theis, President
Award Amount: $149,652.00
Abstract:
RDRTec Inc. proposes to investigate the feasibility of combining new innovative pulse interleaved radar hardware capabilities that enable long integration times while maintaining search area rates.

Multi-Sensor Automated Ship and Small Craft Classification Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney W. Theis, President
Award Amount: $79,887.00
Abstract:
The proposed effort is to develop, compare, and test innovative techniques that will provide robust multi-sensor (infrared and radar) classification tools to assist the operator's rapid and accurate classification of ships and small boats in the littoral. To that end techniques will be developed… More

Concepts for Pulse Interleaving Radar Modes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President
Award Amount: $600,098.00
Abstract:
The implementation of Sense and Avoid (S&A) capabilities on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) present a particular challenge in that sensor technologies, visible, infrared and RF, tend to require too much space, weight and power (SWAP) for these relatively small airframes, yet these craft are a great… More

Multi-Polarization Inverse Synthetic-Aperture Radar (ISAR) for Automated Ship and Small Craft Classification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President
Award Amount: $79,885.00
Abstract:
RDRTec Inc. and SAIC propose to develop, compare, and test innovative multi-polarization techniques that will both increase the information content in Inverse Synthetic-Aperture Radar (ISAR) images as well as exploit that information to increase the robustness of maritime classification tools that… More

Multi-Channel Wideband Antenna Array Manifolds

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President
Award Amount: $79,978.00
Abstract:
RDRTec Inc. proposes to develop and prove the feasibility of an adaptive multi-channel phased array manifold that reconfigures by radar mode for optimum performance. The emphasis will be on candidate multi-mode X or C-band radars with phased arrays that support modes with both high and low bandwidth… More

Processor Architectures for Multi-Mode Multi-Sensor Signal Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President
Award Amount: $79,987.00
Abstract:
RDRTec Inc. proposes to develop and test innovative processor architectures for ship classification and Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) for both stand-alone Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) images and fusion with simultaneous EO/IR sensor images when available.

Radar Sense And Avoid (SAA) Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President
Award Amount: $997,315.00
Abstract:
To allow for routine operation in the NAS, Navy UAS platforms will be required to have an FAA certified Air-Based Sense and Avoid (ABSAA) system. This will compliment the Ground-Based Sense and Avoid (GBSAA) system which together form a layered surveillance strategy for UAS collision avoidance. The… More

Automated Ship and Small Craft Classification Tools for ISAR Imagery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President
Award Amount: $899,513.00
Abstract:
Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) modes in surveillance radar have the potential to distinguish between small military and civilian threats that are in maneuvering amongst numerous commercial vessels in the littoral. This effort developes Automated Maritime Classification Aids (MCAs) that… More

Detection and Tracking of Small Boats and Semi-Submersibles in the Littoral

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 213-5579
Award Amount: $79,937.00
Abstract:
RDRTec Inc. proposes to develop innovative coherent temporal processing techniques and radar modes that detect, discriminate, and track small boats and semi-submersible vessels in the presence of highly variable Doppler spectra characteristics that occur in the littoral sea clutter environment.

Collision Avoidance Decision Making in the Face of Uncertainty

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 213-5579
Award Amount: $79,768.00
Abstract:
This effort is to develop and prove the feasibility of techniques that accurately characterize the tracker errors when predicting the target"s future position. This is the essence of optimal UAS sense decision making processes in the presence of non-cooperative aircraft.

Optimally Integrate Automated Ship and Small Craft Classification Functions with the Maritime Tactical Picture Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 213-5579
Award Amount: $79,925.00
Abstract:
A detailed analysis will be accomplished to determine the feasibility of merging the automated ship and small craft classification functions currently under development under separate SBIR Maritime Classification Aids (MCA) efforts with the Ocean Surveillance Initiative (OSI) maritime tactical… More

Improved Target Classification Using Continuous Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Imaging of Ground Moving Targets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 213-5579
Award Amount: $79,929.00
Abstract:
This effort will develop innovative techniques to provide target classification of ground moving target indication (GMTI) contacts using simultaneous and continuous streaming SAR imagery of moving targets within the scene. Using modified waveforms but the same data that is used for SAR processing,… More

Improved Ship and Small Boat Classification Using Hybrid Synthetic Aperture Radar - Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR-ISAR) Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 213-5579
Award Amount: $79,947.00
Abstract:
This effort is to develop techniques to provide improved ship and small boat classification using hybrid synthetic aperture radar inverse synthetic aperture radar (SAR-ISAR) imaging. Both ISAR and SAR exploit target viewing angle diversity to form the cross range dimension of the image. The… More

Multi-Sensor Automated Ship and Small Craft Classification Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 213-5579
Award Amount: $533,399.00
Abstract:
This reseach addresses innovative techniques that will provide robust multi-sensor (infrared and radar) classification tools to assist the operator"s rapid and accurate classification of ships and small boats in the littoral. Radars employing Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) processing… More

Processor Architectures for Multi-Mode Multi-Sensor Signal Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 213-5579
Award Amount: $497,764.00
Abstract:
RDRTec Inc. and SAIC propose to develop and test innovative processor architectures for Maritime Classification Aids (MCA) and Sense And Avoid (SAA) algorithms. MCA algorithms include ship classification and Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) for both stand-alone Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar… More

Automated Ship and Small Craft Classification Tool Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 213-5579
Award Amount: $1,499,740.00
Abstract:
RDRTec Inc. and SAIC propose to continue the development of Maritime Classification Aids (MCA) that includes the automation of ship and small craft classification using all the sensors and modes available. These include the use and merging of all available sensor data (radar, visible/infrared, and… More

Exploiting Polarimetry in Littoral Surveillance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: The John Hopkins University Applied
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, Principle Investigator – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $149,934.00
RI Contact: David Orlin
Abstract:
RDRTec Inc. and The John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) propose to determine the feasibility of innovative polarimetric imaging techniques to significantly improve small maritime target detection and classification capabilities.

Detection and Tracking of Moving Vehicles and Dismounts Across the LandSea Boundary

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $149,921.00
Abstract:
The proposed effort will develop a comprehensive suite of algorithms for detection and tracking of moving vehicles (small boats and land vehicles) and dismounts that extends across the open water, surf zone, and beach. This suite of algorithms will perform accurate long-term tracking of detected… More

Sensor Exploitation Management System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $79,987.00
Abstract:
This effort sill establish the technical feasibility of developing an innovative Sensor Exploitation Management System (SEMS) that analyzes and exploits radar sensor data.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Anti-Spoofing and Merging With Non-Cooperative Sense and Avoid (SAA) Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $149,893.00
Abstract:
This effort will perform a trade study that establishes the technical feasibility of ADS-B anti-spoofing technologies that can either be applied as upgrades directly to the ADS-B or attained by merging with the non-cooperative Sense and Avoid (SAA) avoidance sensor suite. ADS-B signals lack… More

Detection and Tracking of Small Boats and Semi-Submersibles in the Littoral

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $749,975.00
Abstract:
This effort will develop innovative coherent temporal processing techniques and radar modes that detect, discriminate and track small boats and semi-submersible vessels in the presence of highly variable Doppler spectra characteristics that occur in the littoral sea clutter environment. This is a… More

Collision Avoidance Decision Making in the Face of Uncertainty

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $749,991.00
Abstract:
To allow for routine operation in the NAS, Navy UAS platforms will be required to have a certified Air-Based Sense and Avoid (AB-SAA) system to provide collision avoidance against non-cooperative threats. The choosen AB-SAA sensor is an air-to-air radar system being developed by RDRTec. This effort… More

High Gain Common Data Link (CDL) Antennas for Networking UAV Nodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $79,895.00
Abstract:
Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) such as Fire Scout could increase its utility to the fleet by operating as a node in an airborne star network. Such a system would need to support full-two way communication with up to six other nodes for transfer and relay of data, imagery, command and control with 360… More

Detection and Tracking of Moving Targets near the LandSea Boundary

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $695,388.00
Abstract:
This effort develops system concepts, a suite of algorithms and software for detection and tracking of moving surface targets (small boats, periscopes, and land vehicles) and dismounts that extends across the open water, surf zone, and beach. This suite of algorithms and software will perform… More

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Anti-Spoofing and Merging With Non-Cooperative Sense and Avoid (SAA) Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $495,463.00
Abstract:
The implementation of Sense And Avoid (SAA) capabilities on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) present a particular challenge in that collision threats can be either cooperative or non-cooperative. Cooperative aircraft are here defined as being equipped with ADS-B that broadcasts that aircraft"s… More

Maneuver Prediction and Avoidance Logic For Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Encounters with Non-Cooperative Air Traffic

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $79,998.00
RI Contact: Rodney Cole
Abstract:
RDRTec Inc. and Lincoln Laboratory propose to establish the feasibility and develop the plan for an extensible analytic framework and methodology to address unanticipated maneuver encounter modeling, collision risk estimation, and ownship maneuver logic. With the widespread introduction of Unmanned… More

Enhancing Situational Awareness to Counter Swarming and Other Nonlinear, Dispersed Tactics Against Naval Surface Forces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, Principle Investigator – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $149,901.00
Abstract:
The proposed work is to develop innovative Maritime Situational Awareness Aids (MSAA) specifically targeted for small boats in dense maritime traffic environment to assist in developing actionable information to support the determination of hostile action and/or hostile intent.

Radar Detection and Tracking of Small Maritime Targets at High Grazing Angles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $1,200,819.00
Abstract:
The proposed work further develops and supports transition of a long integration mode for radar detection and tracking of small maritime targets at high grazing angles in the presence of highly variable Doppler spectra characteristics that occur in the littoral sea clutter environment. Radar… More

Processor Architectures for Multi-Mode Multi-Sensor Signal Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $993,806.00
Abstract:
RDRTec Inc. proposes to enhance imaging modes to improve performance of Maritime and Overland Classification Aids (MOCA). In addition, this effort will further mature innovative processor and processing architectures that enable the Fire Scout Radar Autonomous Collisions Avoidance System (RACAS) to… More

Radar Overland Classification Aids (OCA) of Ground Moving Targets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, Principle Investigator – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $498,260.00
Abstract:
This project enhances military capability through innovations in improved mission radar modes, automation, and advanced algorithm suites that provide tactical situation awareness and decision support. This is achieved through enhanced trackers, resource management, target identification, and… More

Advanced Ship and Small Boat Classification Aids Using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) And Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, Principle Investigator – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $500,279.00
Abstract:
Maritime Classification Aids (MCA) that exploit both SAR and ISAR imaging of ships and small boats will be developed. These advanced algorithms are complimentary to and will be integrated into the ongoing Maritime and Overland Classification Aids (MOCA) projects. They will be optimized for the Fire… More

Exploiting Small Boat Wake Signatures for Improved Threat Classification and Feature Aided Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $79,884.00
Abstract:
This effort develops innovative methods to exploit wake signature attributes for the small boat threat classification and feature aided tracking by airborne radar systems.

Radar Imaging Guidance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $79,955.00
Abstract:
This effort develops radar algorithms that enable simultaneous tracking and imaging for Pulse Doppler radar systems that can be applied to both imaging guidance and surveillance radars.

Exploiting Polarimetry in Littoral Surveillance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Research Institution: The John Hopkins University Applied
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $489,138.00
RI Contact: David Olin
Abstract:
RDRTec Inc. and The John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) propose to gather data in support of the development of techniques that will enable the efficient and effective detection and tracking of Small Maritime Targets (SMT) at high altitudes. This capability will be… More

Adaptive Radar Detection Approaches for Low-RCS Maritime Vessels in Highly Variable Clutter Conditions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $79,970.00
Abstract:
This propose effort will determine the feasibility of and continue development of innovative methods in support of simultaneous tracking and imaging for Pulse Doppler radar systems. Future missions of airborne ISR radar systems will require detection of moving targets in the presence of clutter,… More

Radar HRR and FAT ISR Mode Enhancements for Maritime Classification Aids (MCA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sidney Theis, President – (214) 353-8755
Award Amount: $1,057,342.00
Abstract:
This effort will develop an HRR mode that is interleaved with search modes, allowing simultaneous search mode and target interrogation. This allows a more efficient use of radar resources and the ability to prefilter targets before committing the radar to longer ISAR dwells. Feature extraction from… More

Enhancing Situational Awareness to Counter Swarming and Other Nonlinear, Dispersed Tactics Against Naval Surface Forces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ethan Brown, Principal Investigator – (858) 826-6087
Award Amount: $504,445.00
Abstract:
RDRTec Inc. and our partner, Leidos (formerly known as Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)), propose to further develop and begin transition of innovative Maritime Situational Awareness Aids (MSAA) specifically targeted for small boats in dense maritime traffic environment to… More