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Lightweight SAR/MTI for small UAV applications
Author(s): John C. Kirk Jr.
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Paper Abstract

Goleta has been developing low-cost and lite-weight MMW SAR / MTI radars for small UAS applications. Initial models of two different radars have been built, the LUAVR and the LCLPR. The current LUAVR (Lite-weight UAV radar) configuration weighs in at 18-lbs and the first LCLPR version (Low-Cost Low-Power Radar) weighs in at a little under 2-lbs. Initial testing was done from the roof of a van simulating a low flying UAV. Currently the LUAVR is flying in an ultra-lite as part of a UAS demonstration system. The system is comprised of both airborne and ground segments with a data link connecting the two. SAR and MTI Imagery have been generated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7308, Radar Sensor Technology XIII, 730805 (29 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820077
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John C. Kirk Jr., Goleta Star, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7308:
Radar Sensor Technology XIII
Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin W. Doerry, Editor(s)

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