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jpemusic
 Post subject: x BAND RADAR MINIMUN ALTITUDE DETECTION AT 25 MILES
Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 4:07 pm 
 
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Joined: Sat Feb 06, 2010 3:28 pm
Posts: 1
Hello all,

I need to know if an X Band radar antenna is sitting flat 10 feet off of the ground with a search vertical search beam that scans down to -2 degrees and up to 45 degrees what is the approx minimun altitude that it can detect a moving target the size of a Cessna 152 aircraft at 25 miles taking the curvature of the earth and other propagation factors into consideration and no line of sight obstructions. The radar has a max detection range of 45 miles. So please assume that it has plenty of power, antenna gain and receiver sensitivity.

Thank You in advance


 
   
 
Christie1977
 Post subject: Re: x BAND RADAR MINIMUN ALTITUDE DETECTION AT 25 MILES
Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:17 am 
 
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Joined: Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:58 am
Posts: 1
Hi jpemusic. I fould a line of sight claculator on RF Cafe that you can use to calculate your ditance. If you say power is no problem then you can paint just about any size target.

https://www.rfcafe.com/references/electr ... -sight.htm

Here is a radar cross-section page as well.

https://www.rfcafe.com/references/electr ... ection.htm

http://books.google.com/books?id=YtndXb ... 22&f=false

http://www.dreamlandresort.com/black_projects/rcs.html
...here are some typical RCS values for different objects from the "Radar Engineer's Sourcebook" by Morchin:

Object RCS in Square Meters
B-52 125
B1-B 1
Cessna 180 1.5
Cabin Cruiser 10
Navy Cruiser 14,000
Pickup Truck 200
Automobile 100
Bicycle 2





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