ITTC Project

Model-Based Signal Processing Algorithm for MIDP GPR

Project Award Date: 01-21-2003


ITTC researchers Muhammad Dawood and Prasad Gogineni are developing a procedure to help scientists better understand what exists below Mars' surface. Their algorithm will interpret information recorded from ground-penetrating radar that may be used on the Mars Smart Lander (MSL) mission, to be launched in either 2007 or 2009. ITTC will perform the work under a two-year subcontract with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Mounted on top of a rover, the radar will launch waves into the ground on Mars. The powerful signals from the surface of the ground mask the impressions from subsurface layers, whose reflections are much weaker. ITTC researchers must find a way to preserve the faint subsurface echoes while removing the stronger ground reflections. Researchers must then link subsurface reflections to what might have caused them.

Creating this algorithm that will identify subsurface images is extremely involved and is further complicated by the lack of knowledge about the composition of Mars' surface or subsurface.

ITTCs Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) researchers will work with Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers to develop a sophisticated signal-processing algorithm for the characterization of Martian surface and subsurface layers. Specifically, ITTC will develop a sophisticated signal-processing scheme for a Range-Gated Step Frequency (RGSF) radar to minimize range sidelobes for enhancement of subsurface features, and undertake a study of numerical methods for inverse permittivity profiling using the RGSF radar data.

After Earth, Mars has been the most explored planet in the solar system. Scientists from three countriesthe United States, Russia, and Japanhave sent 30 missions to Mars during the last 40 years. Many of these missions have focused, and continue to focus, on questions about the planet's past and/or present water supply.


Faculty Investigator(s): Muhammad Dawood, Sivaprasad Gogineni (PI)

Student Investigator(s): Visweswaran Srinivasamurthy

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): NASA- JPL

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