Advanced Low Power Personnel/Vehicle Detecting Radar for Smart Unattended Ground Sensor/Munition Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,910.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15QKN-10-C-0031
Agency Tracking Number:
A092-113-0199
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-113
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Small Business Information
McQ Inc.
1551 Forbes St., Fredericksburg, VA, 22405
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
198180937
Principal Investigator:
Barry Jones
Chief Operating Officer
(540) 373-2374
bjones@mcqinc.com
Business Contact:
Keith Armstrong
Technical Director
(540) 373-2374
karmstrong@mcqinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
McQ Inc. and the University of Florida have previously developed a micro-radar suitable for use as a detection modality for unattended ground sensor (UGS) systems. This work has focused on using advanced signal processing for high probability of detection, low false alarm rate and target classification for the UGS application. The radar is very small and lightweight and has been integrated into the OmniSense7 family of UGS sensors. It has already demonstrated the detection and classification performance required for this application. In its current form it consumes only 2 watts while operating. For this SBIR project we will improve the performance of this system in two areas: power consumption and chip-scale integration. We will revise the electronics hardware, operational firmware and operational modalities to further reduce the operating power to 1 watt or less using techniques that have been developed for OmniSense7 and made it the industry leader in low power operation for high performance UGS systems. We will also reduce the size, weight, cost and power consumption further by migrating the design into FPGA=s and other programmable logic devices using techniques that McQ has reduced to practice in many of its other sensor and UGS programs.

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