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Dense radar networks for low-flyer surveillance

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7 Author(s)
D. Pepyne ; NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003 USA ; D. McLaughlin ; D. Westbrook ; E. Lyons
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The present inability to detect low-flying aircraft over international borders renders governments and citizens vulnerable to problems such as drug trafficking and illegal immigration. This paper describes an approach to comprehensive low-altitude surveillance based on networks of small radars being developed by the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. We examine how low-cost networked radar technology might be applied to the public safety/security problem of detecting weather hazards while simultaneously supporting the border security mission of detecting and intercepting low-flying aircraft.

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Technologies for Homeland Security (HST), 2011 IEEE International Conference on

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15-17 Nov. 2011