Accession Number:

AD0501065

Title:

Ocean Surveillance Radar Parametric Analysis

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

1969-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

106.0

Abstract:

The engineering analysis part of a program to determine the best type and the optimum parameters for a satellite radar system for ocean surveillance has been completed. Three basic radar system types were considered in the analysis, which were a forward scan system, a non-coherent sidelooking system, and a coherent sidelooking or synthetic aperture system. Each of the basic systems was determined to have a capability of meeting the required probability of detection requirements. The parameters of the best of each of the basic system types were arrived at through a combination of computer aided studies to develop trends and optimize parameters, and the use of modeling data and constraints which were made uniform for all systems. The selection of the best single system was based on the application of a consistent set of factors to determine the relative development risks, reliability, complexity, and costs. The coherent sidelooking system was judged to be the least acceptable system type becuase of significantly higher development risks, complexity, and costs together with lower reliability. The real aperture sidelooking and the electronic forward scan system were determined to be nearly identical in projected costs. The real aperture system though having only an insignificant cost advantage over the forward scan system, was judged as being less of a development risk, less complex, and more reliable. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE