Accession Number:

ADA023265

Title:

Low-Angle Radar Tracking

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CA

Report Date:

1976-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

116.0

Abstract:

A review of the problem of tracking low-elevation-angle radar targets is presented. Central to this problem is the scattering of the target return signals from the surrounding land or water surface. Thus the present state of electromagnetic-waves scattering theory is reviewed as it applies to this problem. Scattering at low grazing angles is given special attention, and some relevant lunar bistatic radar data are compared with current theory. Various radar system design considerations and possibilities for improving current systems are considered. It is concluded that both scattering theory and experimental measurements of radar signal scattering should be further developed. It is apparent that a very large variety of techniques can be used to improve low-angle tracking capability in the future and even in current systems. It is also clear that in the future, radar systems could have considerably improved low-angle tracking ability.

Subject Categories:

  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
  • Radiofrequency Wave Propagation

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE