Miniature Frequency Agile RF Beacon Receivers for Ionospheric Effects Monitoring

Period of Performance: 05/04/2006 - 05/15/2007

$99.1K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Space Environment Corporation
221 N. Spring Creek Parkway, Suite A
Providence, UT 84332
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Space Environment Corporation (SEC) proposes to develop a new passive beacon monitoring instrument that will provide extensive near-real-time information about the state of the ionosphere and impacts on operational systems. This instrument will identify signals using signal processing methods and will ingest observations of signals over a wide range of frequencies into a comprehensive ionospheric model by means of ray-tracing signal strength analysis estimates, resulting in an ionospheric weather specification that includes weather observations and impact warnings. The innovative combination of engineering and physics-based approaches will address the problems with passive monitoring systems noted in the previous section. The low cost of the instrument (about $15K for the Phase I prototype) will allow wide deployment for significantly improved spatial resolution mapping of the ionosphere and its weather.