2004 IEEE Radar Conference

Innovative Radar Technologies - Expanding System Capabilities

 April 26-29, 2004 Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Tutorial 5.4
Space-Based Radar

Dr. William L. Melvin - Georgia Tech Research Institute

Thu, 29 April 2004, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM


The purpose of this tutorial is to introduce the participant to aspects of space-based moving target indication (MTI) and synthetic aperture radar (SAR). Our talk incorporates material from a space-based radar tutorial given at the 2001 IEEE Radar Conference and popular courses given at Georgia Tech. The target audience includes practicing radar engineers seeking to enhance their understanding of specific space-based radar issues, as well as engineering managers looking to identify critical issues and important considerations.

Topics covered in this four-hour tutorial include the following:

Goals of spaceborne radar

Orbital properties of spaceborne radar

A review of MTI radar basics

Unique aspects of space-based moving target indication

An introduction to space-time adaptive processing (STAP) for space-based ground moving target indication (GMTI)

STAP architectures and displaced phase center antenna (DPCA) processing

Analysis of a space-based GMTI signal processing architecture

A review of SAR basics

Application of SAR in spaceborne radar

A space-based radar design example solidifying MTI and SAR concepts

We devote roughly half the course to MTI radar topics, one-quarter of the allotted time to SAR, and one-quarter to our space-based radar introduction and design example.


Dr. William L. Melvin - Georgia Tech Research Institute

Dr. William Melvin is a Senior Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and an Adjunct Professor in Georgia Tech?s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He specializes in sensor signal and array processing, modeling and simulation, and aerospace radar systems engineering. He directs research efforts focused on next generation sensor systems and adaptive processing methods, holds three US patents on adaptive radar technology, and has authored numerous technical publications. He served as a guest editor for a recent special edition on STAP in the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and acted as the Technical Co-Chair of the 2001 IEEE Radar Conference. Dr. Melvin received a ?Best Paper? award at the 1997 IEEE Radar Conference. Additionally, in 2002 he represented the US as a speaker on the NATO-sponsored ?Military Applications of Space-Time Adaptive Processing? lecture series.

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