Brownout Radar Beamforming Using Electronically Reconfigurable Apertures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0029
Agency Tracking Number: N082-124-0567
Amount: $749,964.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-124
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
Information Systems Laboratories, Inc.
10070 Barnes Canyon Road, San Diego, CA, -
DUNS: 107928806
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Techau
 Vice President
 (703) 269-3613
Business Contact
 Nicole Sanese
Title: Sr. Contract Administrato
Phone: (858) 373-2711
Research Institution
The accident rate of helicopters immersed in a dust cloud represents a major contributor to loss of personnel and material in operations in a desert environment. Although measures such as approach profile changes and pilot training implemented to date have reduced this accident rate, it remains unacceptably high. Landing systems currently under development are designed to address this problem, but projected costs of these systems suggest fleet wide implementation is improbable. An affordable aid to the pilot promising a significant reduction in the brownout accident rate is needed. The envisioned system is an ‘electronic bumper’ in the form of an active radar system with sufficient resolution to detect obstacles in the landing area. The focus of this program is the development of low-cost rapid scan aperture technology that will enable the electronic bumper system to meet performance and cost goals.

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