Thursday, April 7, 2011

Article and step-by-step how-to instructions on the MIT IAP radar course

radar antenna built of coffee cans

The IAP radar course has made the MIT Lincoln Laboratory News Feed.

"During MIT's Independent Activity Period (IAP) between the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters, twenty-six students worked in teams to design, fabricate, and test a laptop-based radar sensor that was capable of measuring Doppler and range, and of forming synthetic aperture radar images. In a course designed and taught by MIT Lincoln Laboratory technical staff members, the teams received class instruction on the fundamentals of radar and SAR imaging, and kits from which to develop their systems. To their surprise, the kits contained coffee cans to be used as transmit and receive antennas."

This article and a slide deck with step-by-step instructions, schematics, and radar block diagram are located here.