a Small Radar System Capable of Sensing Range, Doppler, and Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging."
That is the title of a course offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Lincoln
Laboratory. It is a 3-week class in the design, fabrication, and test of a laptop-based radar
sensor capable of measuring Doppler, range, and forming synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images.
Teams of three students will receive a radar kit and will attend a total of 5 sessions spanning
topics from the fundamentals of radar to SAR imaging. A final SAR imaging contest will test
your ability to form a SAR image of a target scene of your choice from around campus; the most
detailed and most creative image wins. However, it is not necessary to attend the class to build
the radar because all of the material is available online for garage (or basement, attic, closet,
Schneider did just that and wrote an article about his experience for the November
2012 edition of IEEE's Spectrum magazine. Trekkies will appreciate the reference therein.
Posted November 2012