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An experiment with an S-band radar using pulse compression and range sidelobe suppression for meteorological measurements

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6 Author(s)
Bucci, N.J. ; Martin Marietta Corp., Moorestown, NJ, USA ; Nespor, J.D. ; Urkowitz, Harry ; Mokry, D.
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A major technology barrier to the application of pulse compression for the meteorological functions required by a next generation ATC radar is range/time sidelobes which mask and corrupt observations of weak phenomena occurring near areas of strong extended meteorological scatterers. Techniques for suppressing range sidelobes are well known but without prior knowledge of the scattering medium's velocity distribution their performance degrades rapidly in the presence of Doppler. Recent investigations have presented a “doppler tolerant” range sidelobe suppression technique. The thrust of the work described herein is the extension of previous simulations to actual transmitted dispersed/coded waveforms using the S-band surveillance radar located at Rome Laboratory Surveillance Facility. The objectives of the experiment are: 1) to extend the verification of the simulation of the Doppler tolerant technique; and 2) to demonstrate that the radar transmitter, waveform generator, and receiver imperfections do not significantly degrade resolution, performance or reliability of meteorological spectral moment estimates

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 8 )