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A Doppler Range Compensation for Step-Frequency Continuous-Wave Radar for Detecting Small UAV

Department of Information Engineering, University of Florence, via Santa Marta, 3 50139 Firenze, Italy
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Sensors 2019, 19(6), 1331;
Received: 10 February 2019 / Revised: 12 March 2019 / Accepted: 13 March 2019 / Published: 16 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors In Target Detection)
Step-frequency continuous-wave (SFCW) modulation can have a role in the detection of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) at short range (less than 1–2 km). In this paper, the theory of SFCW range detection is reviewed, and a specific method for correcting the possible range shift due to the Doppler effect is devised. The proposed method was tested in a controlled experimental set-up, where a free-falling target (i.e., a corner reflector) was correctly detected by an SFCW radar. This method was finally applied in field for short-range detection of a small UAV. View Full-Text
Keywords: continuous wave; Doppler; radar; UAV detection continuous wave; Doppler; radar; UAV detection
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Pieraccini, M.; Miccinesi, L.; Rojhani, N. A Doppler Range Compensation for Step-Frequency Continuous-Wave Radar for Detecting Small UAV. Sensors 2019, 19, 1331.

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