Low Cost, Scalable Radar Receive Array Using True Time Delay

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,990.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-10-C-7321
Award Id:
96978
Agency Tracking Number:
B093-015-0563
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA 09-015
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
175 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford, NY, 10523
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
103734869
Principal Investigator:
RobertWebber
Cryogenics Group Leader
(914) 592-1190
webber@hypres.com
Business Contact:
EdwardKulinski
Chief Financial Officer
(914) 592-1190
ekulinski@hypres.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
HYPRES will bring the power of digital-RF technology and True Time Delay (TTD) beamforming to enable extremely wideband phased array radar receivers. By directly sampling the received signal and performing beamforming on the sampled version, the drift, bulk, expense, and power consumption of analog circuitry are avoided. By beamforming using time delay rather than phase, the beam is truly non-dispersive and will retain its precision over extremely wide bandwidths. By adopting a pseudo-monostatic or bistatic radar configuration, the receive antenna is not encumbered by the transmit circuitry. Our technology leads to an array configuration that is highly scalable both in terms of the number of elements and in the number of simultaneous beams. This scalability applies to both the electrical performance and to size, weight, and power. In Phase I, we shall investigate the use of unique superconductor mixed-signal, and digital electronic circuits to provide direct conversion of RF to the digital domain and ultrafast digital logic. We shall also develop innovative mechanical, cryogenic and electrical integration designs to enable construction of a modular array configuration. We will evaluate inclusion of superconductor and semiconductor cryogenic analog circuitry to provide superior low-noise amplification and filtering and to maximize the cryogenics efficacy.

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