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Development of Advanced Weather Surveillance Algorithms and Techniques for Rapid Scanning Tactical Radars

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-C-0285
Agency Tracking Number: N054-028-0218
Amount: $483,226.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-T028
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-02-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-08-14
Small Business Information
107 Sunderland Road
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
DUNS: 609444302
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ivan PopStefanija
 Vice-President
 (413) 549-4402
 popstefanija@prosensing.com
Business Contact
 James Mead
Title: President
Phone: (413) 549-4402
Email: mead@prosensing.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

This Phase II STTR proposal describes our plan to develop advanced weather surveillance algorithms and calibration techniques for a rapid scanning phased array radar system. During Phase II, we plan to upgrade an exiting rapid scanning weather radar, the MWR-05XP, operated by the Naval Postgraduate School. Several features will be added, including a DC stepper motor for variable rate azimuthal scanning of the radar antenna, multi-antenna GPS for automatic platform alignment, and a satellite braodband Internet link. We also plan to implement a real-time clutter rejection algorithm suitable for the non-uniform sample spacing associated with the MWR-05XP's rapid scanning antenna. We will also test two separate calibration procedures designed during phase I, intended to provide absolute calibration and to characterize the antenna pattern as a function of electronic scan angle. Software modifications are also planned to archive processed data in widely accepted NetCDF format. Field experiments to study severe storms and hurricanes at landfall, and upgrading an additional rapid scanning radar owned by NPS are planned for the Phase II option. BENEFITS: Successful development of advanced weather surveillance algorithms and software for rapid scanning tactical radars will lead to the addition of weather surveillance modes to existing tactical radars systems, such as the Sentinel.

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