Accession Number:

ADA634006

Title:

Spy Weather Experiment

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP MOORESTOWN NJ GOVERNMENT ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

There currently exists no method to characterize environmental conditions throughout the volume surrounding the battle group. Valuable environmental parameters include measurements of precipitation extent, wind profiles, cloud layer extent, and air turbulence. With the application of advanced signal processing techniques, a tactical Navy radar such as the ANSPY-1 radar can provide accurate, real time weather information to benefit a variety of units in the battle group. SPY-1 provides the sensitivity and flexibility to integrate a secondary capability of weather surveillance, with minimal impact on the primary role of tactical surveillance. The weather surveillance processing could be accomplished through an auxiliary environmental signal processor that operates in parallel with the tactical system. Such a processor could, with minimal impact on tactical operations, provide real time performance improvements to the SPY-1 radar operation and provide valuable information to be disseminated for the support of fleet operations. The overall object of the specific effort was to provide proof of concept of a tactical phased array radar to collect reliable weather information in the form of the intensity, mean radial velocity, and spectral spread of meteorological phenomena using the normal operating modes of the radar. This was demonstrated using the ANSPY-1B radar at the Navy s CSED Site. A particular scientific objective was to demonstrate the feasibility of using pulse compression waveforms to perform, satisfactorily, the weather surveillance function.

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE