Digital Signal Processing in Radar Altimeters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-04-C-0230
Agency Tracking Number: F041-173-0855
Amount: $99,390.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-173
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
400 W. Bethany, Suite 110, Allen, TX, 75013
DUNS: 069871502
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Williamson
 Senior System Engineer
 (972) 747-0707
Business Contact
 Kent Lowder
Title: President
Phone: (972) 747-0707
Research Institution
Current radar altimeters in cluster munitions use an FMCW approach which requires expensive touch labor on the antenna to get the proper isolation and expensive multi-chip modules for processing the received energy. Mustang Technology Group will perform a cost and performance trade study of the current approach versus using DSPs in the FMCW approach and using a pulsed radar implementing various modulation techniques. The results of the trade study will reveal the most cost effective solution and the remainder of the research will include a detailed preliminary design of a radar altimeter implementing the best solution as well as a simulation to predict the low-cost altimeter performance.

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