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Reconfigurable Scanning Millimeter-wave Polarimetric Radar for Airborne Observation of Clouds

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-07-CN-0173
Agency Tracking Number: 07-60
Amount: $94,673.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.1
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2007-1
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
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
 Andrew Pazmany
 Vice-President for Engineering
 (413) 549-4402
Business Contact
 Ivan PopStefanija
Title: Vice-President
Phone: (413) 549-4402
Research Institution

This Phase I SBIR project describes our plan to develop a compact scanning polarimetric cloud radar for observations of sea spray from a variety of airborne platforms. Our effort will focus on the design of a compact, lightweight W-band polarimetric scanning radar system that will be suitable to operate onboard the NOAA P3 or NOAA/NASA Altair UAV aircraft. Phase I design activities will include developing a compact, pressurized RF unit enclosure, and designing miniaturized circuits of the radar intermediate frequency section in order to stay within the envelop of a available space, weight and power. We also plan to develop a high dynamic range data system based on a commercially available digital receiver hosted in a compact embedded PC. The resultant design will be considerably lighter and more compact than existing high power cloud radars, without sacrificing overall performance.

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