NASA SBIR 02-1 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:02- E4.01-8282 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 023717 )
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Innovative Tools and Techniques Supporting the Practical Uses of Earth Science Observations
PROPOSAL TITLE: Ultra Wide band Water Sensor

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
7519 Standish Place Suite 200
Rockville , MD   20855 - 2785
(301 ) 294 - 5229

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Eric van Doorn
evandoorn@i-a-i.com
7519 Standish Place Suite 200
Rockville , MD   20855 - 2785
(301 ) 294 - 5200

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
We propose to use Ultra Wide Band Radar (UWB) as a sensor for soil moisture and water content of snowpack. The key innovations are the application of UWB to form Synthetic Aperture images using a UWB radar mounted on a Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV). Initial results indicate excellent sensitivity of UWB to moisture. Key features of UWB for this application are low power, ?ghost free? SAR imaging, and sub inch ranging accuracy.

POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Military applications are many for UAV mounted radar visions systems, including home land defense, area surveillance, and scouting operations. Commercial applications include management of snow cover at ski resorts.

POTENTIAL NASA APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Direct NASA applications are water detection (Mars), and earth science projects. The sensor can also be used for accurate terrain profiling in situations where satellite imagery is not available.


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