NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-2 S1.02-9012
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Microwave Technologies for Remote Sensing
PROPOSAL TITLE: Scalable Architectures for Distributed Beam-Forming Synthetic Aperture Radar (DBSAR)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 190
Rockville, MD 20855 - 2814
(301) 294-5221

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Arvind Bhat
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 190
Rockville, MD 20855 - 2814
(301) 294-5254

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mark James
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 190
Rockville, MD 20855 - 2814
(301) 294-5221

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Microwave Technologies for 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?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Conventional SAR operates in the Stripmap mode. Wide unambiguous swath coverage and high azimuth resolution pose contradictory requirements on the design of SAR systems. A promising technique to overcome this limitation is Digital Beam-Forming (DBF) on receive where the receiving antenna is split into multiple sub-apertures. This provides the capability of forming multiple beams via post-processing. DBF techniques applied to SAR systems can increase receiving antenna gain without a reduction of the imaged area and suppress interference signals. A highly capable DBSAR instrument design would consist of wideband Transmitter-Receiver Module (TRM), precise multi-channel timing and synchronization and reconfigurable processing engine that can host the SAR processing, calibration and control routines. IAI?s proposed approach is modular, scalable and meets the NASA goals of developing an innovative analog/digital hardware design for the implementation of distributed DBSAR architectures.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Our proposed technique can be used for a wide range of remote sensing applications for NASA and other parts of US government including:
-Extending EcoSAR capabilities to larger, space-borne, phased-array radar systems for biomass remote sensing.
-Wideband, Reconfigurable Radar systems for manned/ un-manned aircrafts
-Digital Receivers and Exciters (DREX)
-Radar Target Generators to validate radar systems before deployment
-Algorithm development platform for existing NASA radar platforms.
-Planetary subsurface sensing and imaging
-Foliage Penetration (FOPEN) SAR.
-Through Wall Radar
-Earth subsurface sensing and imaging

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The most promising Non- NASA commercial applications are:
-Real-time digital processors.
-Multi-node Network emulators
-High bandwidth arbitrary waveform generator and data recorder
-Ground Penetration Radar (GPR).

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.)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Data Processing

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