The NCAR Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) Development: Progress Update and Plans.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020: 12:15 PM-1:15 PM
150 (Boston Convention and Exhibition Center)
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Vanda Grubišić, NCAR, Earth Observing Laboratory, Boulder, CO and W. C. Lee, NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory, Remote Sensing Facility, Boulder, CO
Scott Ellis, NCAR, EOL/RSF, Boulder, CO

The National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Earth Observing Laboratory (NCAR/EOL) is designing and building a C-band, dual-polarimetric, dual-Doppler research radar to fly on the NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft called the Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR). It is planned that APAR will become part of the Deployment Pool as a resource for the NSF research community. The APAR concept represents advances in research airborne radars including; agile scanning and C-band operating wavelength having lower attenuation in heavy precipitation. These capabilities mounted on the high-endurance and high-payload-capacity C-130 aircraft offer a uniquely capable research platform.  The progress to date, funding status and the plans moving forward will be addressed. Community feedback is important for the APAR development. We invite members of the research community to hear the latest news about the APAR development and provide us information about how you might use the radar and what tools and capabilities would maximize its utility.

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