A Novel Low-cost, Ka-band, High Altitude, Multi-Baseline Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Sensor for Surface Water Ocean Topography

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,076.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX09CD85P
Agency Tracking Number:
085534
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Remote Sensing Solutions, Inc.
3179 Main Street, Unit 3, P.O. Box 1092, Barnstable, MA, 02630-1105
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
133087192
Principal Investigator:
James Carswell
Principal Investigator
(508) 362-9400
carswell@remotesensingsolutions.com
Business Contact:
James Canniff
Business Official
(508) 362-9400
canniff@remotesensingsolutions.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The NRC Decadal Survey recommended the Surface Water Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission to address terrestrial fresh water hydrology and physical oceanography science questions. The proposed effort will develop a low-cost, Ka-band, multi-temporal baseline radar sensor designed to fly on high altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (Global Hawk) and acquire phenomenology (i.e. temporal, coherence, near-nadir scattering cross-section and vegetation attenuation) measurements in support of the SWOT mission. To realize this sensor, innovations in the sensor design, transceiver digital receiver and antenna are required. The Phase I will result in a system design for these subsystems that can be realized in a Phase II effort. During the Phase I, analytic studies and modeling will be performed to demonstrate feasibility and to perform the necessary tradeoffs. Leveraging a high altitude, FPGA-based digital receiver system developed by RSS and its development system, the digital receiver capabilities will be extended and initial laboratory testing performed. The Phase II effort will realize a prototype of this sensor.At the end of the Phase I, a technology readiness level of 3 will be achieved.

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