Innovative Receiver/Data System for Radio Science Applications

Period of Performance: 06/12/1998 - 04/11/1999

$99.5K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Scion Assoc.
140 Durazno Way
Portola Valley, CA 94028
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

We present an innovative receiver/data system design that is adaptable to many aspects of observational radio science. It is a high performance, modularized system that is agile in operation and application, yet is relatively inexpensive to replicate. This is achieved by taking advantage of the recent advances in computer speed, network technology and sophisticated commodity electronics. All system control is RS232-based, and data are output through a generalized interface. An advanced web browser/Java interface provides platform independent, remote user control and telescience capabilities over the network.In our modular design we have also attempted to address the issue of system obsolescence, which is a constant problem with electronic equipment. The system functionality is divided in such a way that chip components and control sfotware, aplicable now, can be upgraded as more capable devices and tools emerge. This will help to ensure the longevity of the design, and thus have a minimum impact on continued radio science observations.