Novel Signal Processing for Airborne Passive Synthetic Aperture Radar

Period of Performance: 05/28/2015 - 08/15/2017

$748K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Matrix Research Inc.
1300 Research Park Dr
Dayton, OH 45432
Principal Investigator

Abstract

ABSTRACT:Matrix will further develop algorithms for airborne passive Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) relevant to commercial transmitters of opportunity in an urban area. Building off our theoretical results from Phase I, we intend test our new image-formations techniques in the passive SAR scenario specified by the customer. Additionally, relevant metrics will be defined and utilized when comparing image-formation techniques during the test and evaluation stages of the project.BENEFIT:The passive SAR system will provide a revolutionary new capability for exploiting ambient RF transmissions from commercial terrestrial sources. There is a clear need for passive surveillance in the military sector. Also, we expect elements of our approach to be applicable to civilian simultaneous localization and mapping problems (SLAM) such as autonomous-navigation systems. Our techniques may be useful in SLAM systems that exploit illuminators of opportunity to discover information about the environment.