Radar is an electromagnetic system for the detection and location of target objects such as aircraft, ships, spacecraft, vehicles, people and the natural environment which can reflect a signal back. It uses electromagnetic radio waves to determine the angle, range or velocity of an object.
Radar systems use signal processing, data processing, waveform design, electromagnetic scattering, detection, parameter estimation, information extraction, antennas, propagation transmitters and receivers to accomplish detection and location missions.
Developed by various nations before and during World War II, radar was originally used for military applications. But today, radar technology has advanced to the point where it is useful in many different ways including air traffic control, forest and climate monitoring and the monitoring of natural disasters.
Modern radar systems are complex requiring extensive training for users and engineers. Radar system design, simulation, and analysis is complex because the design space spans the digital, analog and RF domains. These domains extend across the complete signal chain, from the antenna array, to radar signal processing algorithms, to data processing and control. The resulting system level complexity drives the need for modeling and simulation at all stages of the development cycle.
Modeling and simulation tools can improve all aspects of the radar system design workflow. Using tools for radar design can accomplish much, including designing waveforms and sensor arrays interactively as well as explore trade-offs with the radar range equation and link budget.
Modeling and simulation tools can also accelerate development with libraries of algorithms such as match filtering, adaptive beamforming, target detection, space-time adaptive processing, environmental and clutter modeling and direction of arrival estimation.
Additionally, these tools:
- Integrate models for RF components and complex antenna designs to increase the level of radar system design fidelity.
- Generate code automatically to deploy a radar system directly to DSP and FPGA hardware.
- Design end-to-end phased array systems and analyze their performances under different scenarios using realistic data.
Want to know more? Tonex offers Radar Systems Design and Engineering Training, a 4-day class that covers the design and engineering of modern radar systems including analysis, high level architecture, design of critical components, transmitter/receiver, antenna, verification and validation, operations and maintenance.
Additionally, Tonex offers another 45 courses in Aerospace & Defense Engineering, such as:
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