A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Long-distance multi-static aircraft tracking with VHF frequency Doppler effect

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Publication Details
Authors: Ptak Piotr, Hartikka Juha, Ritola Mauno, Kauranne Tuomo
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Publication year: 2014
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
Volume number: 50
Issue number: 3
Start page: 2242
End page: 2252
Number of pages: 11
ISSN: 0018-9251
eISSN: 1557-9603
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


A multi-static Doppler radar concept based on long-distance VHF frequency
recordings is presented and tested in a two-receiver, one-transmitter
configuration. The core of the method is a mathematical model of Doppler
shift generation in a passive configuration of many simultaneous
transmitting radio stations and receivers that share the Doppler shift
information they have recorded. The tracking capabilities of such a
multistatic configuration are tested in an off-line experiment over a
distance of 400 km. Aircraft position was recovered to an apparent
precision of 1500 m. The method also corrects for errors in time
synchronization between receivers.

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