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Operational Scanning Radar Altimeter for Real-Time Reporting of Directional Ocean Wave Spectra

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R06CN0204
Agency Tracking Number: NOAA 05-149
Amount: $300,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.3.17
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2005-1
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
107 Sunderland Road
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ivan Popstefanija
 Vice President
 (413) 549-4402
Business Contact
 James Mead
Title: President
Phone: (413) 549-4402
Research Institution

This Phase II SBIR project focuses on the development of an operational Scanning Radar Altimeter (SRA) intended for airborne measurement of directional ocean wave spectra. The proposed innovation is a novel solid-state digital beamforming radar, designed to replace the aging prototype SRA currently operated by NOAA. The proposed SRA will employ a 10 W solid-state transmitter and a pulse compression waveform with a compression gain of up to 38 dB. The proposed design is highly sensitive, allowing operation to altitudes as high as 6 km. Furthermore, the design frequency of 16 GHz will permit the system to operate without loss of signal through heavy hurricane rainfall. Successful completion of Phase II will result in construction of a COTS-based operational SRA and data system designed to be deployed on NOAA-AOC¿s P-3 hurricane research aircraft.

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