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A Novel Low-cost, Ka-band, High Altitude, Multi-Baseline Unmanned Aerial…

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2009 / SBIR
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Remote Sensing Solutions, Inc.
MA Barnstable, MA 02630-1105
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: A Novel Low-cost, Ka-band, High Altitude, Multi-Baseline Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Sensor for Surface Water Ocean Topography
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CD85P
Award Amount: $99,076.00


The NRC Decadal Survey recommended the Surface Water Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission to address terrestrial fresh water hydrology and physical oceanography science questions. The proposed effort will develop a low-cost, Ka-band, multi-temporal baseline radar sensor designed to fly on high altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (Global Hawk) and acquire phenomenology (i.e. temporal, coherence, near-nadir scattering cross-section and vegetation attenuation) measurements in support of the SWOT mission. To realize this sensor, innovations in the sensor design, transceiver digital receiver and antenna are required. The Phase I will result in a system design for these subsystems that can be realized in a Phase II effort. During the Phase I, analytic studies and modeling will be performed to demonstrate feasibility and to perform the necessary tradeoffs. Leveraging a high altitude, FPGA-based digital receiver system developed by RSS and its development system, the digital receiver capabilities will be extended and initial laboratory testing performed. The Phase II effort will realize a prototype of this sensor.At the end of the Phase I, a technology readiness level of 3 will be achieved.

Principal Investigator:

James R. Carswell
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

James Canniff
Business Official
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Remote Sensing Solutions, Inc.
3179 Main Street, Unit 3, P.O. Box 1092 Barnstable, MA 02630

EIN/Tax ID: 431983861
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No