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MM-wave radar sensor with proven capabilities of enhanced vision
Author(s): Elmar Compans; Karlheinz Hellemann
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Paper Abstract

The increase in modern traffic, the demand for economic and cost-effective operation and more stringent safety demands require the weather- and daylight-independent operation of aircraft. There is a need for imaging sensor support, especially for landing and taxiing. In addition, military transport aircraft need sensor support for navigation, air delivery and landing during extended military tasks and operations. Compared to other sensors and systems, the radar sensor described, which is embedded into an Enhanced Vision System, has the most promising features and performance. This paper reports on the development and flight test of an FM-CW radar sensor operating in the mm-wave band at EADS, Germany GmbH. In close co-operation with the DLR (German Aerospace Center), multiple flights and ground tests have been performed successfully with the demonstrator. The results presented prove the effectiveness of the radar sensor in support of Enhanced Vision. The following features of the radar sensor and the Signal Processing are presented: frequency-scanning, high information renewal rate, high resolution, image presentation and automatic runway detection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4363, Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 2001, (28 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.438011
Show Author Affiliations
Elmar Compans, EADS Deutschland GmbH (Germany)
Karlheinz Hellemann, EADS Deutschland GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4363:
Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 2001
Jacques G. Verly, Editor(s)

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