Enhanced Radar Metrology by Means of Miniature Angle Sensors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-05-M-0132
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-044-0415
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
PLANNING SYSTEMS, INC.
12030 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 400, Reston Plaz, Reston, VA, 20191
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072651391
Principal Investigator:
James Carter
Principle Engineer
(321) 768-6500
spaceinfo@plansys.com
Business Contact:
Paul Banas
VP, South Group
(985) 639-3529
pbanas@psislidell.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The physics of future space-based radar systems that are capable of tactical-grade target tracking require very large apertures operating at high orbital altitudes. It is essential to develop a system for locating the critical RF antenna components in response to thermal and dynamic inputs if the required coherent performance is to be achieved. For the large aperture architectures PSI has studied, basic geometric considerations mandate that angle measurement techniques have the greatest usefulness for the radar problem. PSI has chosen laser-scanning instruments as its basic angular measurement technology for space, due to their combination of speed, accuracy, simplicity of processing, and size. Our proposed innovation reduces by approximately a factor of ten the errors associated with temperature drift and digital processing in comparison with today¿¿s similar market technologies. Our proposed miniature angle sensor enables measurement of an example large, flexible antenna to better than ¿¿/100 accuracy.

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