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FM radio passive multistatic radar using data fusion
Author(s): Clark F. Handel; Ram M. Narayanan
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Paper Abstract

Passive bistatic and multistatic radar rely on illuminators of opportunity to provide the transmitted signal. The illuminator of opportunity selected for our study is Frequency Modulation (FM) radio broadcasters. FM radio was chosen for its widespread availability and high power output which allows for long range measurements. The simulation performed includes three transmitters in order to allow effective triangulation and location of the targets. The receiver emulates an airborne receiver to simulate a surveillance aircraft. The signals from each transmitter is received and processed separately to obtain bistatic range information. Then, using data fusion techniques, these signals are combined in order to obtain a better spatial location of the targets relative to the receiver. The main limitations of this system can be traced back to using FM radio as the illuminator of opportunity, because the bandwidth limits the range resolution. Overall, the system can effectively detect and track airborne moving targets using three FM radio stations as transmitters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2019
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 11003, Radar Sensor Technology XXIII, 1100303 (3 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2520054
Show Author Affiliations
Clark F. Handel, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Ram M. Narayanan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11003:
Radar Sensor Technology XXIII
Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin Doerry, Editor(s)

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