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FMCW Base Module

Description

The FMCW radar operates with one antenna (array/horn) and provides applications as FMCW mode, Doppler, Frequency Shift Keying etc. The FreeScopes software allows for comfortable control of the system, providing multiple ways of visualization such as FMCW Fast Fourier Transform, Doppler, IF Signals or the VCO Ramp. The software also provides calculation and visualization for the Synthetic Aperture Radar extension. 

Features

  • Operating Modes (enabled in the hardware)
    • FMCW
    • Doppler
    • Frequency Shift Keying (FSK)
    • Moving Target Indication (MTI)
  • Scopes (enabled through FreeScopes) 
    •  A-Scope
    •  B-Scope
    • Plan-Position-Indicator (PPI)
  • Amplification
    • Amplification of raw signal (IQ signal) at receiver
    • Amplification of filtered signal in the scopes
  • Filters and Signal Treatment
    • Sensitivity Time Control (STC)
    • Hamming
    • Hanning
    • Blackman
    • Blackmanharris
    • Signal Threshold and Limiter
    • Range Calibration and Extension
    • Cutting out selections of the signal range
    • Moving Target Detection and Indication
    • and more
The FreeScopes applications in the PSR Base Module get active in a plug-and-play approach, as soon as the radar on its own, or in conjunction with the SkyRadar CloudServer are plugged in.

Topics

The FMCW Base Module can be applied to experiment on the following subjects (selection):

  • Experiments on FMCW, FSK, Doppler
  • Experiments on A-Scope, B-Scope and Plan-Position-Indicator (PPI)
  • Calibrating a radar using amplification, filters and settings
  • Experiments in a fixed position as well as through panning and rotation (rotary tripod required)
  • Experiments on amplification of source as well as of the signals
  • Clutter processing e.g., through Sensitive Time Control (STC)
  • Radar Cross Section (RCS) analysis allowing for an understanding of the varying detectability of objects based on material, absolute and relative size, reflection angle, distance and strength of the signal.
  • Allows analyzing performance and false alarm tolerances through adjustment of the sensitivity.
  • Adjustable decision threshold allowing for experiments on background noise.
  • And much more.

Parts

The FMCW Base Module consists of:

  • one (1) mounted horn antenna (standard version) or array antenna (all other versions)
  • one (1) base unit, including
    o   one (1) digital signal processing unit (DSP)
    o   one (1) transceiver
    o   one (1) motor control unit (only activated when rotary unit is added)
  • one (1) cable set.

Prerequisite

  • Computer with latest HTML5 enabled browser. Current versions of Chrome, Firefox, MS Internet explorer, Opera and Safari are able to read HTML5.
  • SkyRadar FreeScopes (comes free with the FMCW Base Unit).

Extensions

The SkyRadar FMCW Base Module is accessible by an unlimited amount of concurrent users. The broad coverage of solutions useful in ICAO and EuroControl ATCO and ATSEP training programs as well as IATA qualifications make SkyRadar the preferred choice of many aviation academies and IATA TrainAir Plus accredited institutions. Many universities and military academies use the PSR Base Module within their qualification, education, training or research programs.

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