A Dual Polarization Phased Array Radar Demonstrator

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015: 2:00 PM
132AB (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Kurt D. Hondl, NOAA/NSSL, Norman, OK; and A. Zahrai, D. Zrnic, B. M. Isom, D. Conway, M. Fosberry, H. Thomas, M. Harger, A. Mankame, J. Cho, R. Kelley, J. B. Meier, and M. McCord

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are actively investigating a Multi-function Phased Array Radar (MPAR) that could be used to replace multiple and disparate current radar systems that are approaching their planned end-of-life. One of the technical challenges for MPAR designers is to implement dual polarization capability on phased array technology that meets or exceeds the dual polarization capability achieved on the WSR-88D radars. A dual polarization phased array radar panel was developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Lincoln Laboratory (MIT/LL) in previous years. The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and MIT/LL have collaborated to build a 10-panel dual polarization phased array radar demonstrator. Specification of the radar demonstrator and test plans will be discussed.