NASA Awards IAI Contract for Developing Wireless Synchronization Technology for Multi-Static Systems with Sub-Nanosecond Accuracies

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Dec. 18, 2019 — Intelligent Automation, Incorporated (IAI), a technology innovation company, announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop a GPS-independent, wireless, timing-synchronization technology capable of providing synchronization for multi-static systems with sub-nanosecond accuracies.

For this contract, IAI will leverage its prior work in the areas of wireless synchronization of distributed systems, distributed communications, and radar payload design for space applications. The primary challenge of this effort is to develop a deployable solution that meets NASA’s aggressive size, weight, and power requirements.

IAI specializes in developing advanced sensor systems for defense and space applications including synthetic aperture radar (SAR), inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR), phased array radar, and digital beamforming. IAI will leverage its extensive experience in these areas and prior research products to enable rapid development and validation of the proposed synchronization system.

“The technology developed in this effort has direct relevance to future earth and planetary science small payload missions such as distributed radar beamforming, synchronization of CubeSat constellations for remote-sensing in GPS-denied environments, and precise ranging between space-borne articles and satellites,” said Vikram Manikonda, President and CEO of IAI.

About IAI

IAI is a technology innovation company specializing in providing advanced technology solutions and R&D services to federal agencies and corporations. IAI leverages agile R&D processes, a multi-disciplinary collaborative environment, and a substantial intellectual property portfolio to develop concepts into market-focused products and customer-driven solutions. IAI’s core R&D areas include: AI & Advanced Computing; Autonomy & Robotics; Healthcare Research Technologies; Modeling, Simulation & Visualization; Networks & Cyber Security; and Radar, Communications & Sensors. For more information about IAI, please visit


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