Accession Number : AD1040029

Title :   The Feasibility of Radio Direction Finding for Swarm Localization

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Feb 2017,01 Aug 2017

Corporate Author : US Army Research Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground United States

Personal Author(s) : Don,Michael L

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Report Date : 01 Sep 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is investigating technologies to assist in swarm localization. One promising technology is radio direction finding (RDF). RDF has been used since World War I and has many applications both in the military and private sectors, but compact commercial systems suitable for deployment on small swarm agents do not exist. This has led ARL to begin development of a custom RDF system using small, standalone, software-defined radios (SDRs). First, basic RDF theory is presented. Next, a laboratory experiment to evaluate RDF using a SDR is developed. Finally, experimental data are presented supporting the feasibility of RDF for swarm localization.

Descriptors :   softwaredefined radios , angle of arrival , direction finding , phase measurement , radar , acoustic absorption , unmanned aerial vehicles , antenna arrays , radio equipment , signal generators , filtration , frequency response , navigation , SWARMING TECHNOLOGIES

Subject Categories : Radio Communications
      Direction Finding

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE