Monostatic and Bistatic Radar Measurements of Birds and Micro-drone

Ritchie, M., Fioranelli, F. , Griffiths, H. and Torvik, B. (2016) Monostatic and Bistatic Radar Measurements of Birds and Micro-drone. In: 2016 IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf), Philadelphia PA, USA, 2-6 May 2016, pp. 1-5. (doi:10.1109/RADAR.2016.7485182)

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This paper analyses the experimental results from recent monostatic and bistatic radar measurements of multiple birds as well as a quadcopter micro-drone. The radar system deployed for these measurements was the UCL developed NetRAD system. The aim of this work is to evaluate the key differences observed by a radar system between different birds and a micro-drone. Measurements are presented from simultaneous monostatic co/cross polarized data as well as co-polar bistatic data. The results obtained show comparable signature within the time domain and a marked difference in the Doppler domain, from the various birds in comparison to the micro-drone. The wing beat properties of the birds are shown for some cases which is a stark contrast to the rotor blade micro-Doppler signatures of the drone.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fioranelli, Dr Francesco
Authors: Ritchie, M., Fioranelli, F., Griffiths, H., and Torvik, B.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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