A Novel Low-Cost Dual-Wavelength Precipitation Radar Sensor Network

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNG06CA25C
Agency Tracking Number: 041660
Amount: $599,776.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: E1.05
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 1092, Barnstable, MA, 02630-0001
DUNS: 133087192
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Carswell
 Principal Investigator
 (508) 362-9400
Business Contact
 Jim Canniff
Title: Business Official
Phone: (508) 362-9400
Email: canniff@rmss.us
Research Institution
Remote Sensing Solutions, Inc. (RSS) has developed a novel, practical design that will produce a low-cost precipitation radar / radiometer sensor. Operating in a stand-alone mode or in a network configuration, this system will provide the measurements critical to the NASA Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) calibration / validation efforts. With its unique ability to acquire simultaneous dual polarized, dual wavelength, active and passive measurements, this instrument will be capable of providing NASA and the research community with unique data that will significantly further research in the areas of precipitation rate and particle size retrievals. By utilizing solid-state technology and an innovative pulse compression scheme, the sensor can be built at a fraction of the cost of conventional precipitation radar while still maintaining the required sensitivity. The proposed Phase II effort will focus on developing and demonstrating the performance of two key innovations: the dual polarized, dual wavelength wideband antenna feed and transceiver.

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