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High-Dynamic-Range Radar

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-P-1863
Agency Tracking Number: F182-106-0908
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-106
Solicitation Number: 18.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-02-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-02-11
Small Business Information
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
United States
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Niusha Sarkhosh
 Group Leader, RF Systems
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Keith Baker
Phone: (424) 835-9475
Research Institution

To address the Air Force’s needs for a high-dynamic-range (HDR) synthetic aperture radar (SAR)/ground moving target indicator (GMTI) and passive/bistatic radar for detection of small targets in the presence of noise and clutter interference, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Advanced High-Dynamic-Range Radar (HYDRA) that utilizes POC-developed mature components, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components, and innovative POC algorithms. Specifically, the innovation in combining POC’s unique radar hardware with high-fidelity simulation will enable the architecture to facilitate development of cognitive adaptive radar algorithms for dynamic range improvements. HYDRA’s innovative system design and algorithms significantly improve the dynamic range and hence (a) provide better SAR imagery due to decreased speckle noise, which improves automatic target recognition, and (b) increase the space/time adaptive processing (STAP) performance. STAP is a method for algorithmically correcting for platform motion spatially and temporally to filter out ground stationary clutter. This decreases scintillation effects and directly improves GMTI performance. In Phase I, POC will design HYDRA and develop a limited-scale benchtop prototype to show proof-of-concept feasibility, reaching TRL-3. In Phase II, POC will develop a field-ready HYDRA prototype at TRL-5/-6, which can be demonstrated to a suitable customer for further transition, and develop a commercialization plan.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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