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

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,776.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNG06CA25C
Award Id:
74427
Agency Tracking Number:
041660
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 1092, Barnstable, MA, 02630
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
133087192
Principal Investigator:
JamesCarswell
Principal Investigator
(508) 362-9400
carswell@rmss.us
Business Contact:
JimCanniff
Business Official
(508) 362-9400
canniff@rmss.us
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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