This video and the PDF present a simple way to build a passive radar system (using low cost hardware and free software) to determine the velocity and position of an aircraft . So far not small enough to be mounted on an UAV but maybe one day.


The video (51 min) is the presentation of  Eric Blossom at the 22th Chaos Communication Congress


The PDF of the presentation

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  • Ritchie: can you drop me a line? I would like to discuss your project. Suman
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  • Nice ! This looks like a job for FPGAs.

    Maybe this will bring FPGAs into DIY UAVs. I love FPGAs and have been programing them for quite some years now. And I know that synthetic aperture radar is one of those applications that is better done in parallel hardware.

    Even a small FPGA running at 100MHz can do a couple of GOPs is the application/programer do it correctly.

  • @Krzysztof 

    I expect this version to be less than useless in a UAV context because at 2.4GHz it will create havoc for anything on that frequency while I'm scanning.


    I expect results like this because it is that system right down to the MATLAB files. I just hope to get a more compact circuitry built from SMD component rather than the coaxials and then shift frequency so I can shrink it down.

  • @Ritchie,

    How far along are you on the SAR project? Range and Az 3ft resolution? What range do you expect?

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    But will it work good enough to be useful for anything than a development kit of itself.

  • Well the system I'm building is a 2.4GHz synthetic aperture radar system with 240MHz just the RF components are $300 and that is a frequency modulated continuous wave radar which is one of the most simple. With an ADC and processing no radar system is worth the metal its made from and doing that is where the size comes in. ADCs like the one I've found (24-bit 384kHz samping) are small enough and accurate enough but processing the massive amount of information is not for AVR chips and unless an airborne algorithm is used it simply would not be of any use.

    Simple doppler stuff can be done with relative ease though but even that would require an ARM based setup.

    I'd put a conservative estimate of $400 for a complete DIY setup.

  • What is the cost of something like this?
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