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Novel Polarimetric SAR Interferometry Algorithms

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
68892
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
035861
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
VEXCEL CORP.
1690 38th Street Boulder, CO 80301
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Novel Polarimetric SAR Interferometry Algorithms
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC05CA17C
Award Amount: $597,440.00
 

Abstract:

Polarimetric SAR interferometry (PolInSAR) is a recently developed synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging mode that combines the capabilities of radar polarimetry and interferometry, as well as adding new capability from a synthesis of the two techniques. PolInSAR holds the promise of being able to provide unique data that can be of great value to the earth science community. By observing scattering volumes such as vegetation canopies, ice sheets, and dry soils using this new SAR technique, one can obtain and decompose scattering from within that volume. In traditional SAR imaging, all scattering that arises from within a three-dimensional resolution cell of the volume is collapsed into a single pixel value due to the layover effect. PolInSAR provides a method of separating the various scattering center locations based on their polarimetric properties. PolInSAR techniques, therefore, can address many issues of interest to the vegetation and environmental community, providing measurements of foliage structure and density, and potentially contribute directly to our understanding of the carbon cycle budget.

Principal Investigator:

Mark Tabb
Principal Investigator
3035830258
tabb@vexcel.com

Business Contact:

Paul G. Bodnar
VP Finance & Admin
3035830225
bodnar@vexcel.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vexcel Corp
1690 38th St. Boulder, CO 80301

EIN/Tax ID: 840992830
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No