NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 S20.01-9356
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Array Technologies for Microwave Remote Sensing
PROPOSAL TITLE: Low-Frequency, All Digital Radar (ADR) for Biomass and Ice-sheet Investigations

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400
Rockville, MD 20855 - 2737
(301) 294-5221

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Arvind Bhat
abhat@i-a-i.com
15400 Calhoun Dr STE 400
Rockville, MD 20855 - 2737
(301) 294-5254

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mark James
mjames@i-a-i.com
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400
Rockville, MD 20855 - 2737
(301) 294-5221

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 6

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Array Technologies for Microwave Remote Sensing is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Low-Frequency, All Digital Radar (ADR) can be a key component for NASA Phased-array and tomographic Radar systems spanning multiple earth-science measurement objectives. One of the key attractions of ADR is hardware re-use for different scenarios. Intelligent Automation Inc. (IAI) proposes the design of an ADR system to meet the technology requirements listed in this solicitation. State-of-the-art technologies in the design of data conversion devices like Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADC), Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC), Direct Digital Synthesizers (DDS) and reconfigurable logic devices like Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) MMIC make it possible to realize the concept of ADR with low SWaP and low-cost goals. The proposed ADR will build upon IAI's Software Defined Radio/ Radar (SDR) design expertise. Our proposed approach is modular, scalable and meets the NASA goals of multi-channel, coherent altimeters along the cross track to obtain high resolution in the cross track direction.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Our proposed design can be used for a wide range of remote sensing applications for NASA including:
-Miniaturized, reconfigurable radar systems for UAVs
-Digital Receivers and Exciter (DREX)
-Radar Target Generators.
-Tomographic Radar for Biomass and Ice-sheet imaging.
-Algorithm development platform for existing NASA radar platforms (GISMO, EcoSAR, DBSAR, HIWRAP, URAD) or communications systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The most promising commercial applications of the proposed ADR, besides NASA Radar applications are:
-Real-time digital processors
-Network emulators
-Arbitrary waveform synthesizers.
-Reconfigurable Radar and Communications prototyping.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
3D Imaging
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Antennas
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Data Processing
Microwave
Radio
Transmitters/Receivers

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