Design and implementation of a multi-purpose radar controller using open-source tools

Ryan Seal, Julio Urbina, Michael P. Sulzer, Nestor Aponte, Sixto Gonzalez

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    Abstract

    The radar controller is a crucial, often over-looked, component of a radar system; allowing the transmitter to operate within a safe range and providing the flexibility to generate a variety of complex pulse schemes. Additionally, the radar controller provides precision timing to gate the radar system's receiver(s) at regions of interest. Specifications for the design were chosen to match or exceed requirements for the 430MHz transmitter at the Arecibo Observatory. Robustness, flexibility, and ease of use were the primary factors concerning software design, and open-source tools were used to promote re-use, sharing, and cost minimization within the community. We report an overview of system development, capabilities, and future plans and uses for the instrument.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publication2008 IEEE Radar Conference, RADAR 2008
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
    Event2008 IEEE Radar Conference, RADAR 2008 - Rome, Italy
    Duration: May 26 2008May 30 2008

    Publication series

    Name2008 IEEE Radar Conference, RADAR 2008

    Other

    Other2008 IEEE Radar Conference, RADAR 2008
    CountryItaly
    CityRome
    Period5/26/085/30/08

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Seal, R., Urbina, J., Sulzer, M. P., Aponte, N., & Gonzalez, S. (2008). Design and implementation of a multi-purpose radar controller using open-source tools. In 2008 IEEE Radar Conference, RADAR 2008 [4720909] (2008 IEEE Radar Conference, RADAR 2008). https://doi.org/10.1109/RADAR.2008.4720909