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Prototyping an UWB Airborne Radar for Snow Probing Using Modular Building Blocks

F. Rodriguez-Morales, C. Carabajal, A. Paden and C. Leuschen, Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, University of Kansas; J. McDaniel, Advanced Radar Research Center, University of Oklahoma; and A. Wolf and S. Garrison, Kansas City National Security Campus

A set of compact ultra-wideband (UWB) radar transmit/receive modules has been developed using rapid prototyping. The modules are based on tailored microwave filters, off-the-shelf building blocks from a commercial supplier and custom DC biasing circuits. As an intermediate step toward full system miniaturization, the integration of microwave components using this technique enables evaluation of different configurations to improve radar performance with a reduced form factor.