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A portable many-element coherent receiver system for passive radar and space domain awareness

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posted on 2022-12-06, 05:05 authored by Randall WaythRandall Wayth, Jake Jones, Andrew Burton, Raunaq Bushan, Aoife Stapleton, Luke Verduyn, Mia Walker, Emmaline Yearsley, Sascha Schediwy

We describe a portable 32-antenna coherent passive radar system. The system was developed with space domain awareness in mind, but can be used for aircraft and nearer objects. We describe the physical and signal processing architecture and the results of a system test using VHF-band broadcast transmitters as illuminators. Using a combination of phased-array beamforming and delay/Doppler tracking, the flight path of a small training aircraft was tracked with high accuracy in excellent agreement with public flightpath data.


This research was supported by the Defence Science Centre, an initiative of the State Government of Western Australia.


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Curtin University

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