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Ionospheric Imaging Using NVIS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
83378
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-031-0130
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AEROASTRO, INC.
20145 Ashbrook Place Ashburn, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Ionospheric Imaging Using NVIS
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0156
Award Amount: $99,988.00
 

Abstract:

Real-time estimation of relevant ionospheric parameters is required for military applications and to further our understanding of space weather and its societal and technological impacts. Currently, a major limitation in the modeling of ionospheric physics is a complete lack of input data measurements. The HF transmitter/receiver system proposed here contributes measurements of the bottom-side ionosphere. With modern HF components and signal processing, a low-power, inexpensive HF transmitter array and receiver system can be used for ionospheric specification and we seek to develop this further. The reduction in transmitter power attained with signal processing reduces total system cost, permitting a significant increase in HF transmitter/receiver density, which, in turn, allows for more accurate estimation of ionospheric parameters, such as the 3-D electron density. The system uses novel narrowband signal processing and unique dual-frequency estimation of the 3-D electron density along with E- and D-layer absorption. In addition, Doppler shift data extracted from the measurements can provide additional information on the transient motion of bottom-side ionosphere.

Principal Investigator:

Bryan James
Principal Engineer
3037982121
bryan.james@aeroastro.com

Business Contact:

Brenda Gravelle
Director of Proposals
3037982121
brenda.gravelle@aeroastro.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AEROASTRO, INC.
20145 Ashbrook Place Ashburn, VA 20147

EIN/Tax ID: 541931506
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
460 Turner Street
Suite 306
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Contact: Linda Bucy
Contact Phone: (540) 231-5281
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university