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Operational Scanning Radar Altimeter for Real-Time Reporting of Directional Ocean Wave Spectra

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R06CN0204
Agency Tracking Number: NOAA 05-149
Amount: $300,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.3.17
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2005-1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
107 Sunderland Road
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ivan Popstefanija
 Vice President
 (413) 549-4402
 popstefanija@prosensing.com
Business Contact
 James Mead
Title: President
Phone: (413) 549-4402
Email: mead@prosensing.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

This Phase II SBIR project focuses on the development of an operational Scanning Radar Altimeter (SRA) intended for airborne measurement of directional ocean wave spectra. The proposed innovation is a novel solid-state digital beamforming radar, designed to replace the aging prototype SRA currently operated by NOAA. The proposed SRA will employ a 10 W solid-state transmitter and a pulse compression waveform with a compression gain of up to 38 dB. The proposed design is highly sensitive, allowing operation to altitudes as high as 6 km. Furthermore, the design frequency of 16 GHz will permit the system to operate without loss of signal through heavy hurricane rainfall. Successful completion of Phase II will result in construction of a COTS-based operational SRA and data system designed to be deployed on NOAA-AOC¿s P-3 hurricane research aircraft.

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