17 May 2006 A compact, low-cost, wide-angle radar test bed
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Recent technology developments in digital radio, low-cost inertial navigation systems and unmanned air vehicle design are converging to enable and make practical several new radar sensing modes such as simultaneous SAR/GMTI from persistent staring-mode radar, 3D SAR from a single-pass, single phase center radar and wide-angle radar tracking of dismounts. One of the challenges for algorithm developers is a lack of high-quality target and clutter signature data from the new radar modes. AFRL's Sensor Directorate and SET Corporation are developing a compact, low-cost wide-angle radar test bed capable of simulating a variety of radar modes, including 3D SAR, SAR/GMTI from staring-mode radar and ultra-fine resolution range-Doppler. We provide an overview of the wide-angle radar test bed architecture, its modular design and our implementation approach. We then describe several non-conventional wide-angle radar sensor modes and outline a corresponding series of test bed data collection experiments that could be used to support the development of new tracking and recognition algorithms.
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John D. Gorman, John D. Gorman, Uttam Majumder, Uttam Majumder, John C. Reed, John C. Reed, Ronald L. Dilsavor, Ronald L. Dilsavor, Michael Minardi, Michael Minardi, Edmund G. Zelnio, Edmund G. Zelnio, "A compact, low-cost, wide-angle radar test bed", Proc. SPIE 6237, Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery XIII, 62370E (17 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.666265; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.666265
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