Enhanced Radar Metrology by Means of Miniature Angle Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-05-M-0132
Agency Tracking Number: F051-044-0415
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-044
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
12030 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 400, Reston Plaz, Reston, VA, 20191
DUNS: 072651391
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Carter
 Principle Engineer
 (321) 768-6500
Business Contact
 Paul Banas
Title: VP, South Group
Phone: (985) 639-3529
Email: pbanas@psislidell.com
Research Institution
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 ƒÜ/100 accuracy.

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