22 - 26 April 2019
Westin Waterfront Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts USA

Tutorial: Passive Radar – From Target Detection to Imaging

22 April Monday Morning Session 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Dr. Mateusz Malanowski, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland

Dr. Piotr Samczyński, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland

Dr. Krzyszt of Kulpa, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland

The topic of the tutorial is multistatic passive radar for target detection and imaging. In the first part of the tutorial the basics of passive radar will be presented. These include a review of possible illuminators of opportunity (e.g. FM radio, digital television, cellular telephony), and features of different signals from the point of view or radar detection. The bi/multi-static geometry will be presented, and passive radar equation will be analyzed.

The second part will be focused on detection and tracking of airborne targets using passive radar. A typical signal processing chain, consisting of clutter filtering, crossambiguity function calculation, detection, bistatic tracking and Cartesian tracking, will be described. Selected results and applications will be shown.

The third part will be devoted to target imaging using passive radar. This will be focused on ISAR (Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar) mode, where images of targets are created.

The last part of the tutorial will outline possible future applications of passive radar. These include passive radar on moving platforms, e.g. airborne or seaborne.  Terrain mapping in the SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) mode will be presented as one of the possible applications of passive radar on a moving platform.  At the end, the concept of Deployable Multiband Passive/Active Radar will be presented, in which a combination of active and passive radars is used.