Passive Radar Payload on a Nano/Micro-Satellite for Air and Missile Defense

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-12-C-0004
Agency Tracking Number: A112-118-0372
Amount: $99,880.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-118
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
325 Bob Heath Drive, Suite 100, Huntsville, AL, -
DUNS: 121016096
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bassem Mahafza
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 489-6161
Business Contact
 Debbie Agarwal
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (256) 489-6193
Research Institution
The threat to the forces and assets of our armed forces, and our allies, posed by cruise missiles is growing at an alarming rate. As of 2002, there were already 80 countries, including The Peoples Republic of China, Iran, and North Korea, with cruise missiles in their arsenals. Eighteen of these countries produce cruise missiles domestically. As these threats continue to proliferate and as the capabilities increase the timeline to detect hostile cruise missiles and initiate defensive measures decrease. Consequently, new surveillance and detection capabilities are required. deciBel Research and our partners, Nexolve and Kratos, propose to develop a passive RF receiver that can be deployed on nano- or micro-satellites such as CubeSat and FastSat. A constellation of these receivers, used in conjunction with existing RF transmitting satellite constellations such as GPS, Iridium, etc., will form a space-based, multi-static radar surveillance network. The radar concept of operations will be developed under the Phase I effort along with requirements and specifications for the receiver module. A prototype receiver will be developed under Phase II and used in ground tests to demonstrate concept effectiveness.

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