NASA SBIR 00-1 SOLICITATION

FORM 9B - PROJECT SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER 00-1 13.04-9282 (Chron: 000719 )
PROJECT TITLE
Time Modulated Ultra-wideband Phased Array and SAR Radar



TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
The key innovation of this proposal is development of a single chip T/R module based on Time Modulated Ultra-wideband (TM-UWB) radar. Low cost components which can measure delays down to 3 picoseconds are now available, and these now make it practical to build TM-UWB radar and communication systems which have no carrier signal. The only signals transmitted are single pulses. Impulses in the time domain generate very wide bandwidth signals in the frequency domain, and the signals generated by our current hardware have bandwidths in the gigahertz range. Because of this wide bandwidth, TM-UWB radar and radio is virtually impossible to detect and difficult to jam. TM-UWB radio requires no frequency allocation since energy is effectively transmitted on a wide band of frequencies simultaneously. Multiple non-interfering channels can be implemented in a single radio, hence very high data rates can be achieved, and the conventional problems with multipath do not affect TM-UWB. Because all that is transmitted is binary pulses, implementation of electronically steerable phased array systems is easy and effective. True time delay, the goal of past phased array development, becomes easy to achieve with TM-UWB radio and radar.



POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
Our partner company, Time Domain Corporation (TDC) has invested $25 million in private funds to commercialize this technology, and early products are already available. The work herein proposed will focus on developing a single chip T/R module for TM-UWB radar. This work will, however, be synergistic with TDC's commercial development, and result in improved commercial products.



NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Leonard Haynes
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
2 Research Place, Suite 202
Rockville , MD   20850 - 6205



NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
2 Research Place, Suite 202
Rockville , MD   20850 - 6205