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Digital Radar Electronics (334B)

The Digital Radar Electronics group provides concept-to-launch support to radar projects in the area of digital hardware development, digital system engineering, and overall digital subsystem task management. Key expertise and capabilities of our group include requirements definition, architecture development, interface design, performance verification, hardware design, fabrication and test, as well as the overall task management and execution. The group delivers ground and flight digital systems, onboard processors, digital spacecraft power, control and data interfaces, and data acquisition and storage systems. Engineers utilize state-of-the-art technologies (such as FPGA, DSP, high-speed ADC), facilities and tools to accomplish its work.

Key products include:

  • Digital system architecture
  • Digital control, timing and telemetry
  • Data acquisition and handling
  • Onboard radar data processing
  • Spacecraft interfaces
  • Power distribution systems
  • Flight and ground software
  • Digital EGSE and digital ground systems
  • Technology development
  • Testbeds

Radar projects that the Digital Electronics Group is currently supporting are:

  • UAVSAR (Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar – airborne L-band interferometric polarimetric SAR for deformation and vegetation studies)
  • MSL TDS (Mars Science Laboratory Terminal Descent Sensor – Mars Ka-band landing radar altimeter/velocimeter)
  • Aquarius (L-band scatterometer for global measurement of Earth’s sea surface salinity)
  • SMAP (Soil Moisture Active-Passive mission – L-band SAR for global measurement of Earth’s soil moisture and freeze/thaw cycles)
  • Advanced Radar Testbed (ground-based radar testbed for technology development and infusion)

Group Members:

Eva Peral - Group Supervisor
Mohammad Ashtijou 

Andrew Berkun 

Michael Burke 

Bruce Carrico 

Ernie Chuang 

Marvin Cruz 

Vu A. Duong 

Terry Filiba 

Gary A. Hamilton 

Sam Li 

Eric Liao 

Chester Lim 

Ari Mahpour 

Kayla Nguyen 

Mimi Paller 

 

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