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Radar Laboratory for the Microwave, Radar and Remote Sensing course

Radar Laboratory for the Microwave, Radar and Remote Sensing course

Radar Laboratory for the Microwave, Radar and Remote Sensing course

RadarLab for BSc course EE3340TU “Microwave Sensors and Radars for Airport Applications”

Introduction into RadarLab

Introduction into RadarLab

Measuring received power range dependence using trihedral reflector

Measuring received power range dependence using trihedral reflector

During the measurement process

During the measurement process

MS3 demonstrates a few radar sensors for automotive applications during the Future of Driving Symposium

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Fred presents the PARSAX for TV show Van de Kaart

TV West Van de Kaart show

Fred ven der Zwan presents our radar facilities to the TV West’s Van de Kaart show.
Click on image to see the full video on www.omroepwest.nl site

The visit to the EEMCS building starts at 13:13…

 

Observation of a small aircraft with PARSAX and MECEWI radars

Nikita vs monopulse configuration of the MECEWI radar

Nikita vs monopulse configuration of the MECEWI radar

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Campaign overview – how it looked like…

Near-Realtime Reflectivity and Doppler Velocity Measurements of RAINGAIN started in preliminary mode

You can find current scans on the site

TU Delft news: Rain Radar installed in Rotterdam

Should you go by bus or by bicycle? Take your umbrella or your sunglasses? A newly installed rain radar in Rotterdam may help, as it will be able to accurately chart and predict local precipitation. Main aim of the project is to prevent local flooding and water damage.

A new type of rain radar was installed in Rotterdam on 22 September. The radar was installed on the roof of the Delftse Poort office building on the Weena. It will be used to accurately chart the rain patterns in Rotterdam.

As high as possible

Unlike the existing radars that measure precipitation throughout the whole of the Netherlands, the recently installed rain radar specialises in measuring local precipitation. For optimum observation of precipitation in the city, the rain radar must be placed as high as possible above the city’s skyline. The radar was therefore placed on the roof of the Delftse Poort office building on the Weena – one of the tallest buildings in the city centre. The radar was hoisted up via the window cleaner’s lift to a height of 150 metres and fixed to a special frame on the roof in order to withstand strong wind gusts. The radar’s range is 30 kilometres and therefore covers the entire city and the surrounding area, including the Europoort.

Test phase

The radar will now be extensively tested. The rotation of the radar antennas requires very precise control to enable accurate measuring. Processing the radar signals – many terabytes of data – places high demands on data communication for which special fibre-optic connections have been laid running up to the roof. Following the test phase, the radar will officially become operational in mid-October.

RainGain

The Rotterdam rain radar forms part of the wide-ranging European RainGain project, a transnational project aimed at improving the prediction of pluvial floods in our cities. RainGain develops and tests innovative tools and practices based on the use of high resolution radars in four pilot cities: Leuven, London, Paris, and Rotterdam.

More information on the use of rain radars is provided in this interview with Marie-Claire ten Veldhuis (CiTG):

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New radar installed

New high-resolution scanning X-band FMCW polarimetric Doppler radar is finally mounted on the roof of Delftse Poort (Nationale Nederlanden) in Rotterdam. It was done in the framework of the Raingain project with the goal to provide the high resolution precipitation mapping sensor information to Rotterdam municipality services. Our group will support the development of signal and data processing algorithms, the radar maintenance and data acquisition. The combination of this radar with our existing radars (PARSAX, IDRA, MESEWYI) also opens new possibilities to study further the atmospheric targets characteristics using spatially distributed, multifrequency radar systems.

New X-band Metasensing radar on 150 m height

New X-band Metasensing radar on 150 m height

Radar on the roof

Radar on the roof

The Delftse Poort (Nationale Nederlanden) building near the Central Station in Rotterdam

The Delftse Poort (Nationale Nederlanden) buildings near the Central Station in Rotterdam

Our radars

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X-band MESEWI and S-band PARSAX radars on the roof of the EWI building

photo: Fred van der Zwan