USA, 29 August 2006: ImSAR, the provider of miniature Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), in partnership with Insitu, a developer of long-range, unmanned, autonomous aircraft, has announced that the two companies have completed prototype development of the world’s smallest SAR: the one-pound NanoSAR.
“This is a revolutionary technological accomplishment that will effectively bring the all weather reconnaissance and geolocation capabilities of Synthetic Aperture Radar to almost all airborne platforms, including Insitu’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs),” stated Ryan Smith, founder of ImSAR.
Electro-optical and infrared cameras generally have the most difficulty operating during inclement weather, such as in heavy precipitation or sandstorms, instances in which situational awareness is the most important. In the past, the ability to carry Synthetic Aperture Radar that could perform effectively in the worst weather was limited to only the largest and most costly UAS platforms. With the introduction of the one-pound NanoSAR, however, even Insitu’s small, lightweight UAS platforms will have the capability to image and track moving objects in adverse conditions and reduced visibility.
The partnership between ImSAR and Insitu was critical to ImSAR’s development of the innovative NanoSAR, as it ensures that the technology is integrated into Insitu’s UASs without interoperability or other technical issues.
Applications of the one-pound NanoSAR include: Geolocation for remote munitions cueing; Broad area reconnaissance; Search and rescue operations; and Ground Motion Target Indication (GMTI).
ImSAR LLC, located in Salem, Utah, combines the ability to mass-produce integrated high-frequency RF designs with SAR processing knowledge.
Insitu, located in Bingen, Washington, develops Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for commercial and military applications.