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Feasibility of Using Impulse Radar to Detect and Identify Detonators

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
34454
Program Year/Program:
1998 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
34454
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AKELA, INC.
5551 Ekwill Street Suite A Santa Barbara, CA 93111
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1998
Title: Feasibility of Using Impulse Radar to Detect and Identify Detonators
Agency: DOT
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $509,449.00
 

Abstract:

This proposal seeks to demonstrate the feasibility of using impulse radar techniques to detect and identify explosive detonators. It relies on the fact that a radar impulse will excite natural electromagnetic resonances which characterize the size, shape, and material composition of an object. These resonances are present in the scattered transient return from the object and can be extracted by algorithms which were developed by the EMP community in mid 1970. We are proposing to make experimental measurements of the resonance region signatures of detonators and potential nuisance objects, extract the resonance features from them, and use these features to train a neural network to differentiate the detonators from nuisances. Our program concludes with performing benchmarks on the signal processing algorithms, determining the limits of current impulse radar hardware technology, and summarizing the operational limits of our concept detonator detection system.

Principal Investigator:

Alan R. Hunt
President
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Business Contact:


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Small Business Information at Submission:

Akela, Inc
5276 Hollister Ave. Suite 263 Santa Barbara, CA 93111

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