Massive Parallel SAR Scene Simulator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9201-12-C-0281
Agency Tracking Number: F121-201-0768
Amount: $145,921.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: AF121-201
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
3415 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA, -
DUNS: 053885604
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ray Durand
 Manager of Product Development
 (310) 754-4215
Business Contact
 Eric Wilen
Title: California Operations Manager
Phone: (310) 754-4234
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: The Air Force has a requirement to test Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems in an RF Hardware-in-the-Loop (HITL) simulation. The simulation requires that a large number of computations to determine the simulated target and clutter signals be performed in a short amount of time to adhere to the timeline requirements. The current method of generating the target and clutter signals employs a mix of analog and digital processing. The recent technological advancements of high-speed, high-density Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) now allow for an all digital solution. Technology Service Corporation (TSC) proposes to develop a SAR Scene Simulator (SARSSim) system using an FPGA-based architecture to meet all of the Air Force"s requirements. TSC will first define the SARSSim system requirements. The computations required to generate the desired signals will then be defined. Next, TSC will develop a top-level architecture to meet the system requirements. Critical portions of the architecture will be evaluated using an FPGA-based demonstration board. The results generated in Phase I will be used to generate a development plan for a Phase II Proof-of-Concept SARSSim system. BENEFIT: A demonstrated SAR Scene Simulator (SARSSim) system Proof-of-Concept system should be of great interest to RF Hardware-in-the-Loop (HITL) simulation facilities in the Air Force, Army, and Navy. Such a system could be utilized by the HITL facilities to perform the many real-time computations that are required. Commercial SAR companies will also benefit, since this technology could be used onboard aircraft to generate real-time SAR imagery allowing immediate imagery analysis to be performed.

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