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Low-Cost Integrated Multi-Channel Microwave Radiometer Receivers for Hurricane Surface Wind Structure Measurement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: WC133R-08-CN-0159
Agency Tracking Number: 07-88
Amount: $400,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.3.7
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2007-1
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2008
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
 (413) 549-4402
Business Contact
 James Mead
Title: President
Phone: (413) 549-4402
Research Institution

This proposal describes the development of compact radiometer receiver modules intended for use in hurricane wind speed imaging radiometers and low cost single beam ocean wind speed sensors. The Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (HIRad), currently under development by a team of government, university and industrial partners, will require ten high performance receiver channels, which must be compact and low cost. During Phase I, ProSensing developed a prototype compact C-band radiometer (CCR) receiver module that employs inexpensive surface mount components to implement a standard Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer (SFMR) in a small, lightweight package. In Phase II, we plan to develop a single sideband version of the CCR receiver module that is designed specifically for installation in the HIRad system. A compact-SFMR system will also be developed in Phase II, with a total instrument weight of 3 kg, including the CCR receiver and horn antenna. Two complete compact-SFMR instruments will be delivered to NOAA, one for deployment on a small UAV, and a second for measuring down welling atmospheric brightness temperature on the NOAA P-3 for improved low wind speed and rain rate measurements.

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