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Radar System and Instrument Engineering (334C)

The Radar System and Instrument Engineering Group performs end-to-end systems engineering functions for radar instrument flight projects, with a primary focus on project activities during phases A through D. In addition to spaceborne and airborne radar remote sensing instruments, radars required for spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) are supported. The overall objective of the group’s activities is to ensure the continued technical success of JPL radar flight projects.

Key products include:

  • Radar system performance analysis, modeling, and simulation
  • Radar "Instrument Science" (the science of leading the development of instrument technologies and techniques to measure specific environmental parameters)
  • Radar system architecting and interface definition
  • Radar system-level functional and performance requirements development; interface with science team, and flow down of requirements from higher-level science requirements to instrument subsystems (RF, digital, antenna, etc.)
  • Instrument-level resource tracking and risk assessment
  • Development of overall radar instrument-level V&V approach and plans
  • Radar instrument-level I&T planning and management
  • "Corporate memory" and training for radar system engineering processes

Radar projects that the Radar System and Instrument Engineering 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)

Group Members:

Dragana Perkovic-Martin, PhD - Group Supervisor
Razi Ahmed 

Elaine Chapin 

Albert Chen 

Jan-Willem De Bleser 

Adam P. Freedman, PhD 

Hirad Ghaemi 

Leif J. Harcke 

Mark S. Haynes 

Bryan L. Huneycutt 

Nino Majurec 

Matthew Martinez 

Dalia A. McWatters 

Gregory Neumann 

Kyung S. Pak, PhD 

Eric Perez 

Scott Shaffer 

Vijay Venkatesh 

 

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