Ka- and L-band Imaging Radar

Period of Performance: 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Goleta Star LLC
P O Box 1465 Array
Lomita, CA 90717
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The Goleta team proposes to develop a multi-channel dual-band SAR GMTI radar for potential UAS application. In Phase I we will evolve the detailed design of the radar such that in Phase 2 we can build a flyable prototype of the system for the collection of relevant SAR GMTI data. Goleta has been designing and flite testing small Ka-band SAR GMTI radars for over ten years. The team has all the capability necessary to rapidly design, develop, build and flite test the desired radar with a fast track path to commercialization. The radar will feature a VideoSAR capability providing full motion radar video comparable to EO FMV but unobstructed by clouds, nite, rain or smoke. The radar will also feature excellent GMTI with very low MDV enabling the detection and tracking of very small dismount targets. The complimentary use of Ka and L bands will provide excellent SAR imaging for use with advanced exploitation algorithms such as multi-pass CCD. We have demonstrated 10-cm Ka-band SAR imaging, and have implemented and flite-tested a dual-channel Ka-band DPCA or ATI algorithm for detecting very slow moving targets.