Handheld Real-Aperture Radar and EO Fusion for LO Vehicle RCS Verification in Uncontrolled Environments

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$80,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-05-C-0061
Award Id:
70308
Agency Tracking Number:
N043-235-0259
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA, 01803
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
094841665
Principal Investigator:
Steven Scarborough
Lead Research Engineer
(781) 273-3388
scar@alphatech.com
Business Contact:
John Barry
Contract Manager
(781) 273-3388
jbarry@alphatech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Portable RCS verification systems that can be forward-deployed with low-observable (LO) aircraft, offer the potential to dramatically improve aircraft survivability and mission effectiveness. Modern LO aircraft with short- or vertical takeoff capabilities are designed to operate effectively without the need for runways and other facilities. Such an operational environment presents unique challenges to RCS verification equipment. ALPHATECH, and its subcontractor, ATK-Mission Research Corporation (MRC), understand these issues and propose a systematic design study that leverages our combined experience. ALPHATECH and MRC propose: Real aperture: We will investigate replacing SAR operation and processing with a real aperture approach. This approach may solve the challenges of data collection, motion compensation, image processing, and association of measurements with specifications. Miniature RF components: We plan to use RF components developed by the cell phone and wireless communications industry in our radar design. These components are small, cheap, efficient, and provide the building block to generate low-probability-of-intercept (LPI) waveforms. Radar/EO fusion: We will use a boresighted video camera to aid association of RCS imagery with an aircraft wireframe, RCS specifications, and previous RCS images.

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