Build a Small Radar System

A course in design, fabrication, and test of a laptop-based radar capable of forming Doppler, range, and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images. This course will appeal to anyone interested in the following: electronics, amateur radio, physics, or electromagnetics. Teams of three will receive a radar kit and will attend five sessions spanning topics from fundamentals of radar to SAR imaging. Experiments will be performed as the radar kit is implemented. You will bring your radar into the field and perform experiments such as measuring the speed of passing cars or plotting the range of moving targets. A final SAR imaging contest will test your ability to form a detailed and creative SAR image of a target scene of your choice. The best image wins.


Lincoln Laboratory

Patrick Bell (Course lead, hardware, troubleshooting)
Alan J. Fenn (Antennas, Radar Basics)
Brad Perry (Hardware, troubleshooting)
Shatki Davis (Signal Processing)