The ASDE-3 radar antenna was developed so that closely spaced targets on an airport surface could be resolved. The requirement of accurately detecting targets as close as 500 feet from the antenna necessitated some type of near field focussing. A variable focus, shaped beam, doubly curved reflector was designed and successfully tested for this application. Additional features included an integrated rotating radome and circular polarization. Representative azimuth and elevation patterns are presented. During the development, a method for taking and plotting radiation patterns of the antenna scanning at its operational rotation rate was devised and is described. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Publication Date: 1981-4

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  • Pagination: 72 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00343550
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TSC-FAA-81-10, FAA-RD-81-43
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 28 2003 12:00AM