Massive Parallel SAR Scene Simulator

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$145,921.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9201-12-C-0281
Agency Tracking Number:
F121-201-0768
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF121-201
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Technology Service Corporation
3415 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
053885604
Principal Investigator:
Ray Durand
Manager of Product Development
(310) 754-4215
ray.durand@tsc.com
Business Contact:
Eric Wilen
California Operations Manager
(310) 754-4234
eric.wilen@tsc.com
Research Institution:
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Abstract
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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