3D Radar Imaging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-06-C-7347
Agency Tracking Number: 044-0080
Amount: $1,199,890.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-155
Solicitation Number: 2004.4
Small Business Information
TECHNOLOGY SERVICE CORP.
1900 S. Sepulveda Blvd Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA, 90025
DUNS: 053885604
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Mountcastle
 Principal Staff Member
 (203) 268-1249
 pmountcastle@tsc.com
Business Contact
 Allan Corbeil
Title: Connecticut Operations Ma
Phone: (203) 268-1249
Email: acorbeil@tsc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
TSC will further develop a new three-dimensional Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) imaging algorithm that creates a 3D radar image of a ballistic target in arbitrary torque-free motion and simultaneously estimates its complete rotational state. The algorithm development and testing will be carried out using Project Hercules high-fidelity simulations and available measured flight test data. The TSC algorithm exploits the fact that the motion of such targets, and hence the space-time paths of scatterers rigidly attached to them, are deterministically constrained by Euler’s torque-free equations of motion. The assumption of linear variation of scatterer phase with time (constant Doppler assumption) is eliminated in favor of modeled space-time trajectories depending on generalized coordinates. TSC demonstrated the feasibility of 3D ISAR imaging of realistic ballistic targets in Phase I, and also demonstrated the unique capability to precisely estimate the rotational motion state of a simulated target via optimization. The capability to image objects in three dimensions without the need of motion knowledge from other algorithms or sensors is a clear advance in the state of the art for ISAR imaging. TSC will fully develop and evaluate this promising radar signal processing algorithm for implementation in the radar elements of BMD.

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