Design and performance Assessment of an Airborne Ice Sounding Radar Front-End

Publication: ResearchArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2008



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The paper describes the design and experimental performance assessment of the RF front-end of an airborne P-band ice sounding radar. The ice sounder design features newly developed components at a centre frequency of 435 MHz, such as, antenna 20% bandwidth at RL ≪ 13 dB, compact high power in-phase and out-of-phase power dividers with a relative bandwidth of 20% and more than 75W CW power handling, high power SPDT PIN switch with 90W CW power handling and a 70W CW High efficiency LDMOS power amplifier with ≫60% power-added efficiency. The system comprises also a digital signal generator, a digital front-end and a control unit. The system was functionally tested in March 2008 and had a first successful proof-of-concept campaign in Greenland in May 2008.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrowaves, Radar and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2008 : MRRS 2008
PublisherMaterials Research Society
Publication date2008
ISBN (print)978-1-4244-2688-1
StatePublished - 2008
EventESA Microwaves Workshop -


ConferenceESA Microwaves Workshop
Period01/01/2008 → …

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