ITTC Project

High Resolution of Radar Characterization of Ice in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life

Project Award Date: 08-01-1997


This project will design and construct a radar system capable of detecting and characterizing layers of ice on Mars to indicate there might once have been water there, suitable for the existence of life. The proposed schedule for this project is a span of three years and includes a background study, system design, system construction, data acquisition, and data processing. On completion of the radar system, an operational radar will be constructed for use in either a Mars or Europa (a Jovian moon) mission.


Faculty Investigator(s): Gary Minden (PI)

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) Fellowship for Carlton Leuschen

Partner with ITTC

The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas has developed several assistance policies that enhance interactions between the Center and local, Kansas, or national companies. 

ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

Sponsored Research Agreement

Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

ITTC Resource Access

ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

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