Company Information

Goleta Engineering is a small business located in Santa Barbara California and specializing is Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems design and analysis.  We have been in business since 1979.


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Contact Information

Mailing Address:           Goleta Engineering   P O Box 6208    Santa Barbara, CA  93111

E-mail address:             jckirkjr@aol.com   or   jckirkjr@ieee.com

Web address:               www.goletaengineering.com

Office phone:                (805) 967-0600

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Recent Projects

(1)        Conducting courses in Imaging Radar (SAR and ISAR) Technology, Radar Signal Processing and Electronic Warfare. Mr Kirk has been selected as an expert by the technical training company Applied Technology Institute (ATI) to teach Electronic Warfare in a two-day course.  ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and on-site technical training to defense and NASA facilities, as well as DOD and aerospace contractors. The courses provide a clear understanding of the fundamental principles and a working knowledge of current technology and applications. Selection as an instructor for ATI recognizes both Mr. Kirk's in-depth technical knowledge and his ability to communicate complex materials clearly. For more information go to http://www.aticourses.com/electronic_warfare_overview.htm and http://www.aticourses.com/schedule.htm and


(2)        Developed low cost signal based motion compensation SAR algorithms to provide compensation for both down range and cross range aircraft motion.  Examples are given of imagery processed with the GE Signal Based Motion Compensation (SBMC) algorithm.  SBMC provides compensation for both down range and cross range motion of the radar ensuring high quality imaging without the need for an expensive motion measurement system (MMS) such as an INS, GPS or EGI.


(3)        Developed automated carrier landing system millimeter wave radar sensor approach featuring advanced focal plane array and FMCW technology.  The Hardware is illustrated here.  The Multibeam shipboard system is shown on the left and the airborne beacon/transponder is on the right.                                                                        

(4)        Developed efficient motion tolerant SAR processing algorithm for FOPEN application.  Simulated PTR results are shown on the left and processed phase history (PH) data is shown on the right.  The two images on the right were processed three to four times faster than those comparable ones processed with a conventional algorithm. 

(5)        Developed ISAR ATR Approach using Time-Frequency processing.  Here we show four different Tme-Frequency Images of a range trace thru an ISAR imaged target. 


(6)        LUAVR  -  The Liteweight UAV Radar is currently under development by MMCOMM and Goleta Engineering.  It features MTI and SAR modes.  It is intended for a small UAV to support small unit operations.  The MMW radar will weigh approximately 8-pounds and provide 360-degree coverage out to 10-Km range.  The radar is being tested in a Van and in a UAV.  Shown is a SAR image and an MTI display from recent testing. 


(7)        LCLPR  -  The low-Cost Low-Power Radar is a follow-on to the LUAVR.  It is designed to weigh 1-lb and is intended for very small hand launched UAVs.  A first model is currently undergoing lab testing.


(8)        3D Radar  -  3D radar capability has been developed for helicopter obstacle avoidance and aircraft landing.  Rendered 3D data is shown using NASA pioneered Grid-World software, from helicopter radar and landing radar testing.





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Biographical Information

The principal engineer for Goleta Engineering is John C Kirk Jr.  Hilites from his resume follow.  John Kirk is a systems engineer who has been involved in the fields of radar and electronic combat (EC).  Since March 1997 he has been back at Goleta Engineering working predominately on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) related issues and radar signal processing.  Previous corporate experience was with TSC, Raytheon, Westinghouse and in the USAF.


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Last revised: 30 July 2007