MIMO Radar Based Smart Electronic Bumper

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0048
Agency Tracking Number: N083-207-0034
Amount: $374,977.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-207
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
2506 NW 19th Way, Gainesville, FL, -
DUNS: 827464368
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Luzhou Xu
 Senior Engineer
 (352) 505-1931
Business Contact
 Yahui Zhu
Title: Vice President
Phone: (352) 222-5929
Email: Jerry.Zhu@iaaincorporated.com
Research Institution
Multi-input multi-output (MIMO) radar has been attracting significant interest in recent years. One of the most promising application areas of MIMO radar is to develop MIMO radar based smart electronic bumpers to overcome rotorcraft brownout challenges that can cause major landing mishaps. MIMO radar based electronic bumpers offer the advantages of enhanced resolution and sensitivity, lightweight, compact, and low cost RF sensing, which is urgently needed for the detection and tracking of obstacles and hazards during rotorcraft brownout approaching and landing. The main concentration of our proposed research is on the development of MIMO radar based smart electronic bumpers. Our goal is to provide “see-through” MIMO radar based sensing systems that are capable of down-looking three-dimensional (3-D) imaging for obstacle (e.g., wire, pole, building) detection, forward-, backward-, and side-looking hazard (e.g., pole) detections, drift detection and velocity estimation, and altitude and ground slope determination. We also investigate ways to display the information in a format usable to a pilot performing a rotary wing landing.

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