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University of Wyoming W-band Cloud Radar
STATUS
Operational
AVAILABILITY
Available for deployment on University of Wyoming King Air and NSF/NCAR C-130
REQUEST PROCEDURE
http://atmos.uwyo.edu/wcr/newwcrpage/request.shtml
Airborne Measurements
W-band, 95 GHz polarimetric Doppler airborne radar . Measures the reflectivity and mean Doppler in a pulse-pair mode or Doppler spectra from multiple, fixed-antennas.
CONTACT
Samual Haimov
University of Wyoming
(307) 766-5352
haimov@uwyo.edu
SPECIFICATIONS
ManufacturerProSensing, Inc and University of Wyoming
Dimensionsconsists of 5 separate units
Weightless than 150 kg
Power Source Type120 VAC, 60 Hz
Inlet Aperturesnone
Heating/Cooling Requirementsair-cooled
Airspeed/Altitude Requirementsrequires pressurized aircraft
Operators Requiredone
Ground Requirementsnone
Suitable Platformsvariable aircraft with 0.3 m to 0.6 m MW transparent antenna ports
Data SystemLinux-based custom built radar control and data acquisition system
Measured Parameterreflectivity, mean Doppler velocity, Doppler spectrum
Measurement Techniquebackscattered power and Doppler phase shift
Operational Modebroad range of radar parameters and antennas
Time Resolutionno less than 30 ms dwell time
Horizontal Resolution15 m to 75 m radar range resolution
Other Resolution0.5 deg to 0.8 deg HPBW angular resolution
Precisionestimated better than 1 dB and 0.25 m/s
Accuracyestimated better than 2.5 dB and 1 m/s
Range100 m to 7 km
Calibration Methodcorner reflector
Limitations31.6 m/s maximum unambiguous Doppler range; strong attenuation by liquid water; not suitable for heavier precipitation measurements
REFERENCES
http://atmos.uwyo.edu/wcr
REMARKS
WCR uses 4 fixed-position antennas on the University of Wyoming King Air and 3 fixed-position antennas on the NSF/NCAR C-130
UPDATED ON
23 Oct 2009 11:38