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A cross-track cloud-scanning dual-frequency doppler (C2D2) radar for the proposed ACE mission and beyond

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dc.contributor.author Sadowy, Gregory
dc.contributor.author Tanelli, Simone
dc.contributor.author Chamberlain, Neil
dc.contributor.author Durden, Stephen
dc.contributor.author Fung, Andy
dc.contributor.author Sanchez-Barbetty, Mauricio
dc.contributor.author Thrivikraman, Tushar
dc.date.accessioned 2014-01-30T18:46:03Z
dc.date.available 2014-01-30T18:46:03Z
dc.date.issued 2013-07-21
dc.identifier.citation IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Melbourne, Australia, July 21-26, 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 13-0323
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/44237
dc.description.abstract Aerosol/Climate/Ecosystems (ACE) Mission as a priority mission for NASA Earth science. The NRC recommended the inclusion of “a cross-track scanning cloud radar with channels at 94 GHz and possibly 34 GHz for measurement of cloud droplet size, glaciation height, and cloud height”. Several radar concepts have been proposed that meet some of the requirements of the proposed ACE mission but none have provided scanning capability at both 34 and 94 GHz due to the challenge of constructing scanning antennas at 94 GHz. In this paper, we will describe a radar design that leverages new developments in microwave monolithic integrated circuits (MMICs) and micro-machining to enable an electronically-scanned radar with both Ka-band (35 GHz) and W-band (94-GHz) channels. This system uses a dual-frequency linear active electronically-steered array (AESA) combined with a parabolic cylindrical reflector. This configuration provides a large aperture (3m x 5m) with electronic-steering but is much simpler than a two-dimension AESA of similar size. Still, the W-band frequency requires element spacing of approximately 2.5 mm, presenting significant challenges for signal routing and incorporation of MMICs. By combining (Gallium Nitride) GaN MMIC technology with micro-machined radiators and interconnects and silicon-germanium (SiGe) beamforming MMICs, we are able to meet all the performance and packaging requirements of the linear array feed and enable simultaneous scanning of Ka-band and W-band radars over swath of up to 100 km. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2013 en_US
dc.subject Aerosol/Climate/Ecosystems (ACE) Mission en_US
dc.subject W/Ka-band cloud radar en_US
dc.title A cross-track cloud-scanning dual-frequency doppler (C2D2) radar for the proposed ACE mission and beyond en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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