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Conformal Impulse Receive Antenna Arrays

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-04-M-0082
Agency Tracking Number: F041-006-0780
Amount: $99,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-006
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-04-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-04-21
Small Business Information
6300 Gateway Dr.
Cypress, CA 90630
United States
DUNS: 614108918
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kirk Hawkins
 Principal Investigator
 (714) 224-4410
 Hawkins@sara.com
Business Contact
 Parviz Parhami
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (714) 224-4410
Email: PParhami@sara.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

The UWB radar operation is based on the transmission of an Ultra-Wide-Band (UWB) impulse signal at the target of interest. The radar will initially receive the short UWB impulse reflected from the target followed by the late time "ringing" of the target at its resonant frequencies. The late time waveform, consisting of multiple damped sine waves, is used to detect and identify metallic objects of interest. In this application, it is vital for the transmit antenna to be non-dispersive over the entire bandwidth of the UWB impulse so that the transmitted pulse does not "spread-out" or "smear", which would mask the late time resonance signals. A non-dispersive UWB antenna maximizes the length of the late time signature used for analysis. We propose to develop a new class of highly configurable conformal antenna array to meet a wide range of UWB radar applications, including optimized performance with SARA's breakthrough channelized receiver technology, which gives AFRL the widest flexibility in terms of custom application development.

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