Sandia continues to advance the next generation of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems with highly integrated, miniaturized, and fully mission-capable radar systems to impact tactical Surveillance and Reconnaissance (S&R) capabilities
Sandia has a broad range of engineering, testing and analysis capabilities for Radar Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems. With the ability to shrink sensor size, increase resolution, raise image quality, and advance real-time on-board processing, Sandia has been dedicated to producing exquisite radars for nearly three decades. Demonstrated capabilities in user interaction design and evaluation ensure that Sandia's systems generate accessible, timely, and useful information for a broad range of decision-making environments.
Along with its expertise in hardware and software design and development, Sandia operates state-of-the-art facilities, centers, and technologies enabling breakthrough developments in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) radar systems. Sandia develops technologies with the total system concept in mind, ensuring successful integration over the entire process, from mission engineering and system development through image exploitation and interaction designs that enable exquisite human detection and characterization performance for high-consequence decision-making.
Sandia delivers pathfinder Radar Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems for a broad range of missions and applications. Sandia specializes in developing wide-area imaging at fine resolution with minimum constraints on atmospheric conditions, processed on-board and in real-time. For nearly three decades Sandia has demonstrated success in the full system design for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and other Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems.
Sandia's radar sensor systems leverage developments in small, low-power, embedded processors, along with custom electronics miniaturization, extreme system integration and intelligent application of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) interfaces and form factors. The key to the next generation of small, compact sensor design is the co-location and integration of radar functionality, which allows employment on a multitude of manned platforms and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Sandia capitalizes on multi-mode sensors with on-board real-time processing to enable advanced functionality and adaptability to meet dynamic situational requirements. Additionally, Sandia's Human Analytics research and development laboratory ensures interfaces and workflows maximize the usability of its systems for high-consequence analysis and decision-making applications.
Sandia enables the analyst by providing timely, accurate and complete data utilizing advanced technologies and algorithms. Tasking, Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (TPED) of high-quality, real-time imagery supports enhanced understanding and better-informed decision-making. Sandia continues to pursue improvements and extensions to its radar sensor design architectures through advanced imaging, tracking, and exploitation algorithms. Further, Sandia develops custom TPED capabilities based on the challenges and opportunities of its customer's specific mission needs.
The Facility for Advanced Radar and Algorithm Development (FARAD) is an in-house, high-performance, multi-mode radar capability for the continued advancement of Sandia Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. The facility provides a test bed laboratory toolset that can support external partner programs as well as Sandia's internal research and development. Research and development activities within FARAD focus on radar hardware and software, but additional interests include phenomenology, data collection, algorithm development, and data analysis.
FARAD is available for developing and testing image formation and exploitation algorithms, different radar modes, and different radar bands. Sandia maintains an in-house development radar to continuously advance Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology. The Sandia Development Radar (SDR) is a major component of FARAD and can be operated at X, Ku and Ka bands at both single POL (all bands) or full polarization (X-band). Sandia Development Radar (SDR) algorithms are capable of producing imagery at <6 inch resolution as well as associated change detection products.
For more information, see the FARAD presentation.
The Facility for Antenna and Radar Cross Section (RCS) Measurements (FARM) provides capabilities for antenna testing and engineering and radar cross section (RCS) measurements. It offers advanced instrumentation for measuring and obtaining data for a wide range of antenna and electromagnetic (EM) technologies. Research and data gathering is conducted within an evaluation infrastructure comprised of a broad-band, high resolution compact range; outdoor measurement range; broad-band, high isolation measurement chamber; near-field measurement system; and a precision Gaussian-beam measurement system.
- Full radiation density pattern (RDP) characterization
- Characterization of antennas in both far-field and near field configurations
- Measurement of radar cross sections (RCS)
- Characterization of RF-transmission properties of materials
- Measurement of electromagnetic transfer-functions
- Characterization of UHF, microwave, and millimeter wave properties of engineered materials