Brownout Radar Beamforming Using Electronically Reconfigurable Apertures

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,964.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-10-C-0029
Award Id:
87693
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-124-0567
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-124
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
10070 Barnes Canyon Road, San Diego, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
107928806
Principal Investigator:
Paul Techau
Vice President
(703) 269-3613
pmt@isl-inc.com
Business Contact:
Nicole Sanese
Sr. Contract Administrato
(858) 373-2711
NSanese@islinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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