Design and Characterization of W-band Radar Components

Ferreras Mayo, Marta (2017). Design and Characterization of W-band Radar Components. Thesis (Master thesis), E.T.S.I. Telecomunicación (UPM).


Title: Design and Characterization of W-band Radar Components
  • Ferreras Mayo, Marta
  • Grajal de la Fuente, Jesús
Item Type: Thesis (Master thesis)
Masters title: Teoría de la Señal y Comunicaciones
Date: 25 July 2017
Freetext Keywords: Radar, space debris, W-Band, millimeter-wave, quasi-optical, Cassegrain, reflectarray, Gaussian beam, receiver, S-parameters, noise figure
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Telecomunicación (UPM)
Department: Señales, Sistemas y Radiocomunicaciones
UPM's Research Group: Microondas y Radar
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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This Master's Thesis summarizes the work that has been performed in the frame of the SPADERADAR-CM Project for the ultimate purpose of developing a W-band space debris radar operating at 94 GHz. The main goal of this type of radars consists of detecting and tracking particles, with sizes ranging from 1 to 10 cm, that are orbiting around the Earth at speeds up to 15 km/s and that could cause severe damage in case of collision against any manned spacecraft. Particularly, the work performed within the realization of this Thesis has contributed to the progress of the space debris radar in several aspects of the hardware architecture of the system. On one side, part of the work has been concerned with the characterization and integration of the millimeter-wave receiving subsystem of the radar. On the other side, different pre-designs for the antenna system have been simulated and analyzed, and the performance of a reflectarray, that could be used in the future to obtain electronic beamscanning, has been characterized. Apart from studying the available literature, the utilized methodology has required the familiarization with measurement equipment to characterize devices at millimeter wavelengths. Furthermore, the use of several high level simulation tools specialized in high frequency modelling, such as Grasp, ADS or HFSS, has been required. As a summary, this Master's Thesis describes a real application of engineering, which includes coping with literature, designing according to specifications, simulating and performing experimental validation through measurements.

Funding Projects

Madrid Regional GovernmentS2013/ICE-3000SPADERADAR-CMJesús Grajal de la FuenteSPACE DEBRIS RADAR

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Deposited by: Marta Ferreras Mayo
Deposited on: 03 Nov 2017 08:48
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 08:48
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