Sightline, Western join forces for special SAR project

November 15, 2012
Nov. 15, 2012, Toronto - Sightline Innovation Inc. today announced the SAR2 research project with the Department of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario.

SAR2 aims to develop a low cost radar sensor specifically designed for the unique challenges of Search and Rescue, with broad aircraft mounting compatibilities including UAS/UAV, civilian, and military SaR (Search & Rescue) aircraft. Sightline Innovation and the University of Western Ontario believe SAR2 can build on Canada's leadership in Space-based Synthetic Aperture Radar from its RADARSAT-2 and future RADARSAT Constellation satellites, which deliver enhanced geographical data.

Dr. Jagath Samarabandu of the University of Western Ontario's Department of Engineering said "We are excited to partner with Sightline Innovation on this project. We are beginning to push the boundary in this space with several innovative concepts in developing low cost RADAR systems and are confident that Sightline is the right partner to commercialize these ideas."

When integrated into the SaRASA product from Sightline Innovation's VtiSystems subsidiary, SAR2 will allow users to process, analyze, and distribute, real-time sensor information across secure mobile devices. SAR2 is an abbreviation for Search and Rescue Synthetic Aperture Radar.

"SAR2's success will enable Synthetic Aperture Radar sensors to be mounted on a wider distribution of aircraft, due to significant cost-reduction compared to what is on the market today," said Wallace Trenholm, CEO of Sightline Innovation.

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