John C. Kirk Jr is the President and Chief Engineer of Goleta Star LLC. His career spans over fifty years in radar from 1956. Among his significant accomplishments are: (1) In 1971 he developed the first system to demonstrate real-time digital SAR from an intentionally maneuvering aircraft. Much of this technology evolved into the B-1B APQ-164 radar. (2) In 1972 he developed a missile warning radar concept that became the B-52 ALQ-153 Tail Warning Radar. (3) In 1973 he developed a Medium PRF mode based on a single receiver channel which was incorporated into the F-16 APG-66 radar. (4) From 1991 to 2000 he was an instructor at the TI (and now Raytheon) Learning Institute, teaching courses in Radar Signal Processing and Imaging Radar Technology. (5) In 2007 in conjunction with Quinstar Technology Inc, he formed Goleta Star LLC to develop light-weight and low-cost radar technology suitable for but not limited to small UAV platforms. He has a BSEE degree from NC State, an MSEE degree from Marquette, and has done graduate study at UCSB. Prior employment was in the USAF, at Westinghouse, at Raytheon and with Technology Service Corporation.
Dr Kai Lin
Dr Kai Lin received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the UCLA in 2006. His PhD thesis was on the adaptive leakage canceler that went into the LUAVR. He is currently involved in the development of the lightweight Ka-band SAR radar front end. His depth of expertise ranges from microprocessor DDS programming to digital filter design. He was the prinicpal RF engineer on the DCR.
Greg obtained his MS in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a former JPL/Caltech. The inventor of 37+ patents (50+ overseas) in propulsion and energy technology. Principal Investigator/Manager for 20+ P&D grants; co-PI on many more. Member of the Leadership Council for the American Council on Renewable Energy and the NRCC Business Council. Winner of the Congressional Medal of Distinction (2006), Congressional Order of Merit (2007), Reagan Presidential Commission, NASA Space Act Award, and principal investigator for NASA Space Station experiment. 140+ publications.