Mitigation of the Effects of the Ionosphere on UEWR

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-12-C-7818
Agency Tracking Number: B112-034-0387
Amount: $149,711.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA11-034
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
deciBel Research, Inc.
325 Bob Heath Drive, Huntsville, AL, -
DUNS: 121016096
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Geoff Pendleton
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 489-6193
Business Contact
 Debbie Agarwal
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (256) 489-6193
Research Institution
A model of ionospheric scintillation affecting the performance of the UEWR Thule radar is needed to determine the impact of ionospheic scintillation on the Thule radar"s ability to perform its mission as an element of the fielded missile defense system. The scintillation mitigation effort is recognized by the MDA Sensors Directorate as a Critical Engagement Condition (SN-CEC-13). Quantitative estimates of the frequency and severity of ionospheric disturbances and their specific effect on Thule radar functions are necessary to assess their impact on the overall missile defense system performance. The strongest scintillation effects observed by Thule are correlated with strong solar storms that are currently being observed by several satellite missions, including GOES, POES, and STEREO. In this effort the latest heliospheric and geomagnetic observations will be correlated with Radar scintillation observations to provide optimum prediction capability and high fidelity assessment of scintillation effects on the Thule UEWR radar as we approach the maximum in the solar storm activity.

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