Accession Number : AD0742439

Title :   Feasibility Study of Whole Aircraft as an Aperture Antenna.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Weaver,Samuel R.

Report Date : MAR 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 44

Abstract : A set of assumed conditions that must be met to realize a radar antenna that conforms to a flexible irregular shape such as an aircraft surface are given. The theory and properties of adaptive arrays are reviewed along with the properties of aperiodic arrays. The results of some experimentation is cited to support the theory. An argument is then presented that by use of adaptive array techniques and widely spaced (several wavelengths) array elements it is feasible to realize an airborne radar antenna that will conform to any desired shape. It is argued that it is feasible to determine target position by a combination of pattern computation and interferometer techniques having knowledge of the location of a relatively small number of the antenna elements. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AIRCRAFT ANTENNAS, FEASIBILITY STUDIES), (*PHASED ARRAYS, AIRCRAFT ANTENNAS), RADAR ANTENNAS, ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS, ANTENNA APERTURES, THESES

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE