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RF Radar Electronics (334A)

The RF Radar Electronics Group designs, implements, and tests radio frequency (RF) components and systems for spaceborne and airborne radar systems. The group also works on technology development in the areas of active phased arrays, RF circuits and hybrids.

Key products include:

  • RF hardware electronics architectures
  • RF systems engineering
  • Development, implementation, and environmental qualification of RF systems in support of JPL flight and research projects
  • Advanced RF component and system technologies such as flexible membrane antennas and Ka-band hybrid microelectronics
  • Maintenance of Section 334’s hybrid laboratory and parts of the radar testbed

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

  • 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)
  • Technology tasks funded by NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) and internal R&D funding to advance the miniaturization and performance of high-frequency radar components and systems

Group Members:

Douglas Price - Group Supervisor
Brian Custodero 

Harry S. Figueroa 

Stephen Horst 

Duane Howard 

Farzad Inanlou 

Peter Littlewood 

Chaitali R. Parashare 

Momin Quddus 

Richard Rebele, Jr. 

Elizabeth So 

Karthik Srinivasan 

Jordan Tanabe 

Michael Tope 

Ly H. Yam 

 

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