Wideband Radar for Ballistic Missile Defense and Range-Doppler Imaging of Satellites

  • William W. Camp, Joseph T. Mayhan, Robert M. O’Donnell
  • Published 2001


■ Lincoln Laboratory led the nation in the development of high-power wideband radar with a unique capability for resolving target scattering centers and producing three-dimensional images of individual targets. The Laboratory fielded the first wideband radar, called ALCOR, in 1970 at Kwajalein Atoll. Since 1970 the Laboratory has developed and fielded several other wideband radars for use in ballistic-missile-defense research and space-object identification. In parallel with these radar systems, the Laboratory has developed high-capacity, high-speed signal and data processing techniques and algorithms that permit generation of target images and derivation of other target features in near real time. It has also pioneered new ways to realize improved resolution and scatterer-feature identification in wideband radars by the development and application of advanced signal processing techniques. Through the analysis of dynamic target images and other wideband observables, we can acquire knowledge of target form, structure, materials, motion, mass distribution, identifying features, and function. Such capability is of great benefit in ballistic missile decoy discrimination and in space-object identification.

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@inproceedings{Camp2001WidebandRF, title={Wideband Radar for Ballistic Missile Defense and Range-Doppler Imaging of Satellites}, author={William W. Camp and Joseph T. Mayhan and Robert M. O’Donnell}, year={2001} }