Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Build Your Own Small Radar System.

As you all know I am very much titled toward actual hardware implementation. Greg Charvat let me know about his upcoming course at MIT (you probably recall a previous mention here):

Hi Igor,

Thought you might find this interesting for readers who want to design/build their own hardware.

We're offering the build a radar course again this summer, open to anyone who is interested:

No joke that it was a good course, we were the top ranking MIT Professional Ed. course in 2011, with 30 students in attendance with a waiting list.

Here is an excerpt of the offering (my emphasis):

Are you interested in learning about radar by building and testing your own imaging radar system?
MIT Professional Education is offering a course in the design, fabrication, and test of a laptop-based radar sensor capable of measuring Doppler and range and forming synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery. Lectures will be presented on the topics of applied electromagnetics, antennas, RF design, analog circuits, and digital signal processing while at the same time you build your own radar system and perform field experiments. Each student will receive a radar kit, designed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory staff, and a course pack.
This course will appeal to those who want to learn how to develop radar systems or SAR imaging, use radar technology, or make components or sub-systems.
During the course you will bring your radar kit into the field and perform experiments such as measuring the speed of passing cars or plotting the range of moving targets. A SAR imaging competition will test your ability to form a SAR image of a target scene of your choice from around campus.

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