SeaCube Radar Altimeter for CubeSats

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N66001-13-P-5112
Agency Tracking Number: N122-146-0845
Amount: $149,984.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N122-146
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
MA, Natick, MA, 01760-1023
DUNS: 184629491
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Craig DeLuccia
 Electrical Engineer
 (508) 655-5565
Business Contact
 Judy Budny
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (508) 655-5565
Research Institution
Busek Co. Inc. with expertise in spacecraft electric propulsion systems, including microwave generated plasmas and CubeSats, and ImSAR LLC with expertise in small Synthetic Aperture Radars (SAR) for Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) have teamed up to develop an ocean sensing radar altimeter called SeaCube. SeaCube will fit into 1U of a 3U CubeSat, operate in pulsed mode, consume low orbit average power and produce acceptable data rates. The concepts underlying radar altimetry began after the Navy"s Moon Bounce program showed accurate ranging measurements. NRL realized that similar radar from orbit to the ocean surface could accurately determine the ocean surface state. This resulted in a plethora of ocean state measuring satellites, all which are much larger than CubeSats. With this program the Navy is again at the forefront of technology challenging the community to reduce the radar altimeter size to a 1U Cube form factor. Phase 1 of the proposed program is focused on demonstrating SeaCube"s feasibility. The point of departure will be a miniature UAV based imaging radar build by ImSAR called NanoSAR which is already near the 1U form factor. The Phase 2 deliverable will be an EM model of the SeaCube, ready for flight qualification program.

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