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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: DG133R-05-CN-1194
Agency Tracking Number: NOAA 05-149
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.3.17
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2005-1
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
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 I SBIR Proposal describes design concepts for a solid-state scanning radar altimeter suitable for operational measurement of ocean wave spectra from hurricane reconnaissance aircraft. A compact, solid-state radar design is proposed, suitable for operation from a wing pod, mounted on a P-3 or C-130 aircraft. Using a high compression ratio linear FM chirp waveform, the proposed design can achieve very high effective peak power (over 100 kW) with a commercially available solid-state Ka-band amplifier. The system will be designed for unattended operation, relaying measurements of the directional ocean wave spectra computed on-board the aircraft to the National Hurricane Center via a satellite link. The Phase I design study will cover all aspects of the RF, digital and software design, resulting in a concise plan for construction and demonstration of a solid-state scanning radar altimeter system in Phase II.

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