Design and Optimization of Radar Systems to Assist Rotorcraft Piloting in Adverse Environments

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$500,027.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-09-C-0382
Award Id:
87734
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-141-0010
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3015 Village Office Place, Champaign, IL, 61822
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
782768977
Principal Investigator:
Robert Kipp
Chief Scientist
(312) 431-7413
kipp@delcross.com
Business Contact:
Matthew Miller
President
(217) 363-3396
mcmiller@delcross.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Rotorcraft are increasingly turning toward high-resolution Ka- through W-band radar sensors that can image terrain and obstructions but also see through the particulates that confound infrared and optical sensors, such as sand, ocean spray, and fog. As with any onboard sensor, designers must consider the antenna/platform interaction, and mature tools exist to address this type of problem. However, at these wavelengths, airborne vehicles can span several thousand wavelengths. This is well beyond the capability of any full-wave electromagnetic solver. While asymptotic techniques are practical here, they are powerless to model the antennas, themselves. We propose to develop two novel techniques for integrating asymptotic and full-wave methods that can solve the end-to-end antenna/platform integration problem. One technique folds physical optics directly into method-of-moments to greatly expand the size of problem it can handle, but without compromising accuracy. The other splits the problem into small (full-wave) and large (asymptotic) regions, the novelty being the ease of integration that allows both solution regimes to fully couple. The Phase I effort focused on proof-of-concept and comparative evaluation of these two techniques. In Phase II, we will fully develop both techniques, including commercial-grade GUIs.

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