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Aerostat Radar Systems

Aerostat Radar Systems

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Aerodynamically shaped, tethered balloons, commonly referred to as aerostats, provide high-endurance and cost-effective platforms for many airborne early warning applications. This chapter describes modern aerostats and support systems, their advantages and problems, and the radar sensors used on board.

Chapter Contents:

  • 11.1 Introduction
  • 11.2 History
  • 11.3 Advantages of Aerostat Platforms
  • 11.4 Aerostat Systems
  • 11.5 Aerostat Performance
  • 11.6 Surveillance Coverage
  • 11.7 Types of Aerostat Radars
  • 11.8 Clutter Rejection
  • 11.9 Metric Accuracy
  • 11.10 Command and Data Links

Inspec keywords: balloons; airships; airborne radar; sensors

Other keywords: support system; tethered balloons; cost effective platform; aerostat radar systems; high endurance; airborne early warning application; radar sensors

Subjects: Atmospheric, ionospheric and magnetospheric techniques and equipment; Sensing devices and transducers; Radar equipment, systems and applications

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