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Radar Vision Enabled by MESA

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Echodyne is building complete radar vision platforms as well as passive and active subsystems using our patented Metamaterial Electronically Scanning Array (MESA).

Complete radars include MESA combined with a full radar transceiver, power and processing electronics, and interface APIs. These “bits in / bits out” radars give the customer complete off the shelf electronically scanning radar capability in an ultra-low C-SWAP integrated package.

MESA by itself is an ideal subsystem for existing radar manufacturers and integrators who want to leverage MESA’s electronic scanning capabilities in combination with their own radar back-end electronics. MESA is available in both active and passive options. Active options include MESA plus amplification stages with high efficiency GaN and GaAs parts. Passive options provide one or more RF I/O connectors compatible with both CW and pulsed exciters. Both options include a full suite of APIs to control MESA.

To inquire about availability or to discuss specifications for existing or future products, please email partners@echodyne.com or complete the form on our Partner page.

Introducing MESA-SSR

MESA-SSR is the ground-based version of our compact, high-performance MESA radar and uses waveforms and software processing tuned for targets of interest unique to this application. It can be integrated into any site for robust stationary Security and Surveillance Radar detection and tracking, or can be used as part of a mobile installation. MESA-SSR operates like a phased array radar with true beam scanning in both azimuth and elevation and with critical built-in search while track (aka track while scan) capabilities. The user can access raw data, detections, and/or tracks while using the radar. MESA-SSR has been proven to track trucks at greater than 3km, can detect and track walkers at around 1.4km, and is able to track both airborne and ground-based targets at the same time, due to its robust elevation FOV (±40°). It can detect Phantom 4 drones out to 750m (see video here), and multiple units can be combined if greater field of view is desired.

KEY FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • AFFORDABLE HIGH-PERFORMANCE RADAR, enabling reliable security and surveillance with early warning in all environments and conditions
  • WIDE FIELD-OF-VIEW and real beam scanning in azimuth and elevation
  • FULL TRACK WHILE SCAN CAPABILITY provides ultra-high confidence detection and tracks, even while tracking in cluttered environments
  • DIGITAL FMCW RADAR provides calibration-free plug-and-play easy integration with all platforms
  • HIGHLY CONFIGURABLE with multiple data output options
  • i-SCAN™ INTELLIGENT beam-scan software leverages situational awareness and mission models
  • PHASED ARRAY-LIKE PERFORMANCE, at a tiny fraction of the C-SWaP

Download MESA-SSR Product Sheet (PDF 635k)

See Phantom Drone Tracking video (YouTube)

Echodyne MESA-DAA

MESA-DAA

MESA-DAA is a compact high-performance radar that can be mounted on small to medium sized UAVs to safely and reliably Detect And Avoid obstacles for beyond line of sight flight operations. MESA-DAA operates like a phased array radar with true beam scanning in both azimuth and elevation and with built-in search while track (aka track while scan) capabilities. Tracking range on a Cessna 140 has been confirmed out to 3km (see video here) and Phantom 4 drones out to 750m (see video here). The radar provides excellent resolution and accuracy across a broad field of view of ±60° in azimuth (120° total) and ±40° in elevation (80° total). Multiple units can be combined if greater field of view is desired.

KEY FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • LONG RANGE RADAR enabling reliable DAA with early warning in all environments and conditions
  • WIDE FIELD-OF-VIEW and real beam scanning in azimuth and elevation
  • FULL TRACK WHILE SCAN CAPABILITY provides ultra-high confidence detection and tracks,
    even in dense airspace or over cluttered environments
  • DIGITAL FMCW RADAR provides calibration-free plug-and-play easy integration with all platforms
  • HIGHLY CONFIGURABLE with multiple data output options
  • i-SCAN™ INTELLIGENT beam-scan software leverages situational awareness and mission models
  • PHASED ARRAY-LIKE PERFORMANCE, at a tiny fraction of the C-SWAP

Download MESA-DAA Product Sheet (PDF 524k)

See Cessna Tracking video (YouTube)