Mitigation of the effects of the ionosphere on UEWR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0147-12-C-7875
Agency Tracking Number:
B112-034-0143
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA11-034
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Propagation Research Associates
1275 Kennestone Circle, Suite 100, Marietta, GA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
149785201
Principal Investigator:
Bonnie Valant-Spaight
Senior Research Scientist
(678) 384-3418
bonnie.valant-spaight@pra-corp.com
Business Contact:
Susan Dugas
Vice President
(678) 384-3401
contracts@pra-corp.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Propagation Research Associates, Inc., (PRA) proposes to utilize its unique capabilities in atmospheric effects characterization, atmospheric effects mitigation, and track processing to characterize and improve tracking and object classification under conditions of ionospheric scintillation for polar Upgraded Early Warning Radars (UEWR). To this end, PRA will implement a numerical simulation of radar signal propagation through scintillation within its existing radar simulation tool developed under MDA Contracts W9113M-07-C-0052 and W9113M-08-C-0149. PRA will partner with JPL to create a climatological model of polar ionospheric scintillation over the duration of a solar cycle using data sources including radar and GPS data. PRA will also investigate applying turbulence mitigation algorithms that were successfully applied to tropospheric turbulence under the above contracts to the particular effects of ionospheric scintillation on UEWR performance. In Phase II, PRA will benchmark its radar simulation against data from the Thule UHF radar and then use that simulation and the ionospheric climatology to evaluate the performance of the radar"s current tracking algorithms over the course of one solar cycle. In addition, PRA will apply its ionospheric mitigation algorithms to Thule data and determine the improvement that could be expected in track initiation, track, target identification, and handover functions.

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