Radar Signature Tools for Small Boats in Dynamic Sea Environments

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-12-C-0250
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-038-0022
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-038
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
3015 Village Office Place, Champaign, IL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
782768977
Principal Investigator:
DuaneSetterdahl
Senior Engineer
(217) 363-3396
dsetterdahl@delcross.com
Business Contact:
MatthewMiller
President
(217) 363-3396
mcmiller@delcross.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Modern marine radar systems can provide detection and tracking of various sizes of ships, and progress in signal processing has allowed for the detection of some smaller and faster targets, largely due to the wake generated by the boats movement through the water. However, detection of small boats still remains a very challenging problem. Most small boats are simply not visible on a typical marine radar display any more than a large breaking wave. To tackle this complex problem, we plan to simultaneously consider a number of relevant factors related to: the sensor, the radar scattering phenomenology, and the CAD geometry and CEM modeling. Each of these technical areas relies on some knowledge and interaction with the other areas to sufficiently address the detailed concepts. To be successful with this integrated technical approach, we must be diligent to maintain an overall focus on implementing solutions ultimately in the form of robust software tools, not just performing technical studies. There are several study and analysis activities that will be performed during Phase I Base and Option, but our overall research and development approach is still focused on end-user software tools as we advance the technology toward a Phase II effort.

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