Radar Instrumentation

State-of-the-art radar systems and sensors

ECS engineers pioneered precision instrumentation radar technology for the Department of Defense (DoD) in the 1970s. For decades, we have worked on some of the most important innovations in radar instrumentation and sensor technologies.  ECS radar systems are used by the DoD and major defense contractors for RCS verification, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging, and inverse-synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) imaging.  ECS radar systems are used in research and development (R&D), production verification, and flight line diagnostic applications.  As our nation’s defense capabilities continue to evolve, ECS scientists and engineers contribute mission-critical research to develop, test, deploy, and field new technologies that keep DoD missions moving forward and protect our warfighters.

ENGINEERING, DESIGN, AND MANUFACTURING

System Engineering

  • Radar Systems 
  • Command Transmitter and Flight Termination Systems 
  • Custom Radio-Frequency Systems 
  • Quick Prototyping for Field Experiments 
  • Full Life-Cycle System Engineering 
  • Turnkey Solutions 
  • System Integration and Qualification 

Radio-Frequency (RF) Engineering

  • Wideband RF/Microwave Design and Test 
  • mmW System Design and Test 
  • High Power RF Systems 
  • HighReliability Circuits and Systems 
  • Mixed Signal Circuits and Systems 
  • PCB Design, Layout, and Test 
  • Detailed System Analyses (Link Budget, Receiver Noise Figure & Dynamic Range, Sensitivity, Spurious/Harmonic Balance) 
  • RF Simulation/Analysis Software (Agilent Genesys, MATLAB, MathCADetc…) 

Software & Computer Engineering

  • Instrumentation/Hardware Control 
  • Positioning System Control 
  • HighSpeed Data Acquisition/Storage 
  • Graphical User Interfaces 
  • Data/Image Processing (radar, pulse-Doppler, step-chirp, tomographic) 
  • RealTime Processing 
  • National Instruments LabVIEW 
  • MATLAB 
  • C and Assembly Programming 
  • XMidas 

Digital Design Engineering

  • High-Speed Logic Design (TTL, ECL, PECL, CMOS) 
  • Programmable Logic (Altera, Xilinx) 
  • Interfaces (serial, IEEE-488, VXI/VME, PCI, SCSI, FPDP, custom) 
  • Digital Signal Processor (DSP) Design for Real-Time Processing Applications 
  • Programmable Logic Development Tools 
  • DSP Hardware/Software Development 
  • Design, Layout, and Verification of Multi-Layer Printed Circuit Assemblies 
  • Programmable Delay Circuits 
  • PCB Thermal Management 
  • Transmission Line and Grounding Management for A/D Converters 

Mechanical Engineering

  • Large-Scale Structural (antenna mounts, environmental enclosures and ISO containers) 
  • Small-Scale Mechanical (component mounting fixtures, PCB and sensor enclosures) 
  • PCB Layout and Routing 
  • Thermal Management 
  • Systems in Motion (antenna/system positioners) 
  • Environmental Design (outdoor and airborne) 
  • Design and Drafting 
  • Ruggedized Systems 

LABORATORY ASSETS AND CAPABILITIES

RF & Microwave
Test Equipment
(10kHz – 18GHz)

Network Analyzers

Microwave Transition Analyzer

Noise Figure Meter and Noise Sources

RF Power Meters and Frequency Counters

Spectrum, Signal and Modulation Analyzers

RF Sources and Synthesizers

Amplifiers

Digital, Analog
and Mixed Signal
Test Equipment

Oscilloscopes

Logic and Protocol Analyzers

Multimeters

Function and Pulse Generators

Power Electronics

Radar Systems
(mobile adaptable)

MkV Instrumentation Radars

Measurements from 0.1-18 GHz

Expandable to Ka, V, and W bands

Rack-Mounted Configuration

High-Power VHF Measurement Radar

Indoor Radar
Range

Rails and Rotators for SAR, ISAR, and 3D Imaging

Calibration Targets

Antennas

DOWNLOADS AND BROCHURES

Sabre Radar System
Flight Termination System
Command Transmitter System
Cheetah Measurement System
Instrumentation Radar Measurement Services

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