Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles are now widely available in commercial, industrial and consumer markets. Reliably detecting, tracking and identifying drones can be problematic particularly in urban areas where line of site is diminished.
Plestek’s PLX-U16 Ubiquitous Radar has been designed and developed to address these issues. In contrast to traditional scanning radars which scan a narrow beam around the scene the PLX-U16 Radar is able to detect returns from many directions simultaneously. It can differentiate between drones and birds even determining the size and type of drone (e.g. fixed wing vs rotary wing).
The PLX-U16 has a wide range of applications and is very versatile, for example it can be deployed in congested environments (e.g. on ground, side of buildings) as part of a distributed sensing system. Alternatively, it can be mounted on drone/helicopter as a forward-facing radar to provide medium range (500 m – 1 km, depending on target size) detection.
The PLX-U16 platform can be used for a wide and diverse range of applications, including but not limited to:
Mounted on drone/helicopter as a forward facing radar to provide medium range (500 m – 1km, depending on target size) detection capability against other airborne targets
Potentially slightly downward facing to enable measurement of ground-Doppler to assist in GPS-denied navigation
Deployable radar in congested environments (e.g. on ground, side of buildings) – as part of a distributed sensing system
Infill/Overwatch radar (to plug gaps in the coverage of other wide area surveillance systems)
Background – Detecting UAS
PLX-U16 – Distributed Sensing
Ubiquitous Radar Benefits
Physical Size: Total (Inc Tx Mounting Bracket): 337 mm x 100 mm x 60 mm
Mass: Radar Module 1.4 kg
Supply Voltage: Input 12 – 15 VDC (regulated supply required)
Power Consumption: < 45 W
Transmit frequency: Within the allocation 15.7 – 17.2 GHz (Ku-band)
Transmit power: 1 W typical (2 W max)
Transmission mode: FMCW
Beamforming: Beamform-on-receive using parallel receive channels
Transmitted bandwidth: 20 MHz
Angular accuracy of detections (azimuth and elevation): Typically ±3° or better
Detection Range: Target size dependent (Typically many hundreds of metres against a small target)
Field of view: 120° (azimuth) x 15° (elevation)
Maximum instrumented range: 800 m (Greater ranges attenuated by anti-alias filtering)
Range resolution: 8 m
Data and Control Interface: GbE
IP Rating: Designed to meet IP65
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