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Suppression of Wind Turbine Clutter from Radar Data

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Matrix Research Inc
1300 Research Park Dr Dayton, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Suppression of Wind Turbine Clutter from Radar Data
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-13-C-0035
Award Amount: $149,919.00


ABSTRACT: It is well known that wind turbine clutter (WTC) presents a significant challenge to detecting targets in civilian and military applications. The large radar cross section (RCS) of wind turbines, combined with their significant range of Doppler spread, make traditional clutter mitigation techniques effectively useless. The objective of this Phase I effort is to develop a physically consistent mathematical model which will accurately characterize the backscattered radar response of wind turbines in a low-order manner amenable to the Phase II signal processing algorithm design. Ultimately, the Phase II objective is to utilize the model developed in Phase I to remove the WTC signature from the data without affecting the delicate response of much lower RCS moving targets such as aircraft. Matrix Research will develop a model that sufficiently characterizes the physics of the clutter yet is simple enough to allow for practical implementation within real-time airborne-target detection algorithm. BENEFIT: The model developed in this effort, along with its associated clutter-mitigation algorithm, will provide a revolutionary new capability for improving detection performance of both existing and future radar assets. This capability is an enabler for a wide range of radar technologies in various business sectors such as defense (e.g., early warning radar), air traffic control, and weather prediction.

Principal Investigator:

Matt Ferrara
Staff Engineer
(937) 427-8433

Business Contact:

Carri Miller
Contracts Manager
(937) 427-8433
Small Business Information at Submission:

Matrix Research Inc
1300 Research Park Dr Dayton, OH -

EIN/Tax ID: 542186986
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Colorado State University
2002 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-0523
Contact: Anaya, Lisa
Contact Phone: (970) 491-0537