Feasibility Study of New Methods for C3I and Surveillance Using Ionospheric Modification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 20268
Amount: $50,936.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
10 Corporate Place, South, Bedford Street, Burlington, MA, 01803
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert A. Skrivanek
 (617) 273-2820
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Research Institution
This exploratory development is directed toward finding new methods of using artificially modified ionospheric regions for extending and enhancing communication (C3I) and surveillance (radar) capabilities. Specifically, the investigation, starting with a Phase I feasibility and planning effort and leading to a Phase II field experimental/demonstration effort, is to use existing active OTH radars to detect backscattering from ionospheric irregularities generated by HF ionospheric heating facilities. This is to be followed with experimental communication paths constructed with geometries to scatter via the heated volume irregularities, thus providing a new means of connectivity or communication netween distant points. Over-the Horizon radars located in Alaska or near the East Coast of the U.S. will be considered for use together with ionospheric heating facilities also located in Alaska and Puerto Rico, respectively to analyze and provide the best experimental plan. The Phase II program will use the selected geometries, together with appropriate diagnostics to provide a demonstration of the capabilities.

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