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Mitigation of the Effects of the Ionosphere on UEWR

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Department of Defense
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2013 / SBIR
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Mitigation of the Effects of the Ionosphere on UEWR
Agency: DOD
Contract: HQ0147-13-C-7624
Award Amount: $986,139.00


UHF radars at high latitude observe significant perturbations in measurements of amplitude, phase, range, and Doppler, caused by ionospheric disturbances. Without mitigation of these effects, there is no doubt that the natural ionosphere is a major issue in the performance of the important radar functions (detection, track, classification, intercept support) of the Thule Upgraded Early Warning radar (UEWR). This work will develop signal processing techniques to mitigate the effects of the perturbed polar region ionosphere on the radar track function. This will be accomplished through the development and application of a high fidelity desktop simulation that includes the combined effects of both large and small scale ionospheric structures. These efforts will be rooted in real-world data, namely that taken as part of the MDA Ionospheric Data Collection (IDC) program and also polar region measurements of total electron content using two-frequency (Transit) satellite beacon data observed at a receiver stationed near Thule.

Principal Investigator:

Dennis Knepp
Sr. Research Scientist
(831) 582-4906

Business Contact:

Beate Liepert
NWRA Manager
(425) 556-9055
Small Business Information at Submission:

NorthWest Research Associates, Inc.
P.O. Box 3027 Bellevue, WA -

EIN/Tax ID: 911291143
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No