However, FMCW radar altimeters with phase processing are also possible. ( Komarov and Smolskiy, ); and furthermore, FMCW altimeters. A radar altimeter, electronic altimeter, reflection altimeter, radio altimeter ( RADALT), low range radio altimeter (LRRA) or simply RA, used on aircraft, measures. FMCW RADAR ALTIMETER TEST BOARD. Vural, Aydın. M.S., Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Altunkan Hızal.

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Radar altimeters give data to the autothrottle which is a part of the Flight Computer. Beneath the nose radome are two separate TFR antennae, each providing individual information to the dual-channel TFR system.

Radar altimeter

The system transmits radio waves down to the ground and measures the time it takes them to be reflected back up to the aircraft.

Radar altimeters are also used in military aircraft to fly quite low over the land and the sea to avoid radar detection and targeting by anti-aircraft guns or surface-to-air missiles. As the name implies, radar ra dio d etection a nd r anging is the underpinning principle of the system.

The following figure shows an illustration of the vertical cross-section and top-down view of the radar pulse adapted from [2]. If we assume l p 2 is small and can be neglected then we can solve for r p as:.

Aircraft lavatory Auxiliary power unit Bleed air system Deicing boot Emergency oxygen system Flight data recorder Entertainment system Environmental control system Hydraulic system Ice protection system Landing lights Navigation light Passenger service unit Ram air turbine Weeping wing. Views Read Edit View history. Tides – Tidal variations are much larger than the dynamic variations in sea surface height. The transmitted pulse reaches the surface first on a small point.

Dry Troposphere – Refraction from the dry gas component of the atmosphere create a signal delay in the radar, but a correction can be approximated using the Saastamoinen formula: The utilization of radio altimeter equipment is categorised as so-called safety-of-life servicemust be protected for Interferencesand is an essential part of Navigation. InBell Labs put Espenschied’s device in a form that was adaptable for aircraft use.

The radio altimeter would drop the bombs and pull the Stuka out of the dive at the set altitude to a level flight. Then, if the F ever dips below the preset minimum altitude for example, 15 meters for any reason, its automatic pilot is commanded to put the F into a 2G fly-up a steep nose-up climb to avoid crashing into terrain or water. Ionosphere – The ionosphere can also impose a delay on the radar return signal, where electron plasma in the ionosphere slow down the group velocity of the radar pulse.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As ofabout 25, aircraft in the US have at least one radio altimeter. The power function can then be expressed functionally as:.

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For a pulse radar, the calculation of the heigt is possible according to the following approach:. Secondly, the return waveform has a more complex signature allowing the arrival time of the pulse to be more accurately constrained. The greater the frequency shift the further the distance traveled. This method can achieve much better accuracy than the pulsed radar for the same outlay and radar altimeters that use frequency modulation are industry standard.

Air Force have a forward-looking, terrain-following radar TFR system connected via digital computer to their automatic pilots. Radar altimeters are an essential part in ground proximity warning systems GPWSwarning the pilot if the aircraft is flying too low or descending too quickly.

Radar altimeter – Wikipedia

Electromagnetic Bias – There is a sea state bias where the troughs of waves tend to focus waves back to the radar, while the crests of the waves scatter waves away from the radar. As of [update]all airliners are equipped with at least two and possibly more radar altimeters, as they are essential to autoland capabilities. The radio altimeter first showed up in the German Junkers Ju 87 “Stuka” dive bomber which was equipped with one for automatic pullouts in the dive bomb run which usually consisted of an degree dive.

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As of [update]determining height through other methods such as GPS is not permitted by regulations. Altimeters are nadir-looking pulse-radars often. Wet Troposphere – Water vapor can also cause a delay in the radar signal which can be more difficult to correct.


Using the equation for the radius derived in the previous section see Pulse-limited section abovethe power vs. The reflecting area depends on the beamwidth of the antenna. The temporal evolution of the reflected radar pulse is interpreted in order to estimate the distance between the radar altimeter and the reflecting surface; surface irregularities can also be estimated.

Radar altimeters also provide a reliable and accurate method of measuring height above water, when flying long sea-tracks.

The energy from the center of the main beam has to travel the shorter path than the energy from the edges. Aircraft components and systems. The primary difference between delay-doppler or Synthetic Aperture Radar and pulse-limited altimetry is that delay-doppler altimetry looks at a smaller section of the pulse-limited radar footprint, but emits far more pulse signals to give the effect of covering the same footprint as pulse-limited but with better resolution.

From radar pulse to altimetry measurements”. Radar- Altimeter display using a logarithmic scale. A radar altimeterelectronic altimeterreflection altimeterradio altimeter RADALTlow range radio altimeter LRRA or simply RAused on aircraft, measures altitude above the terrain presently beneath an aircraft or spacecraft by timing how long it takes a beam of radio waves to reflect from the ground and return to the plane.

However, radar altimeters cannot see terrain directly ahead of the aircraft, only that below it; such functionality requires either knowledge of position and the terrain at that position or a forward looking terrain radar. This following plot demonstrates the power function for a radar wave pulse. The Stuka pilot would set the radio altimeter to m which was connected to the bomb release and automatic pull out.

June Learn how and when to remove this template message. This is because range is calculated based on the first signal return from each sampling period.