The Skyline radar system brings together high performance, ease of programmability, low cost, and commercial I/O flexibility in a modular, open systems and standards architecture to realize an adaptable radar for multiple applications. Skyline was designed to detect, track, prioritize, and report objects and intruders within its Field of Regard (FOR). This unique system has been architected to support land, sea and air platforms by combining leading-edge phased array antenna technology with advanced radar signal processing. Additionally, Skyline’s design utilizes FPGA technology, which provides rapid reprogramming, minimizing reconfiguration times for fast changing environments. With nearly 200 hours of flight time and over $10 million invested by the USAF, Skyline takes performance and flexibility to a whole new level.
Advanced Tracking on Any Platform
Skyline’s tracking algorithms were designed using a matrix Kalman filter to support its platforms roll, pitch and yaw movements to continuously track targets.
Skyline’s digital electronics are housed in the L-shaped enclosure mounted on the back of the array with the RF modules contained in the upper left box. Both subsystem enclosures are mounted on the back of the phased array antenna. The Skyline system can be configured to support terrestrial, sea and air platforms.
Designed using cutting-edge back-end processing technology, the Skyline Radar system utilizes FPGA technology to allow for rapid reconfiguration to support multiple environments and target types.
- Military and civilian environments
- Sense and Avoid
- Air and Surface Search
- Ground surveillance
- Homeland security
- Pulsed Doppler
- Phased Array
- Low cost
- Compact form factor
- 30+ target tracker
- FoR ± 60 º elevation (EL) ± 60 º azimuth (AZ)
- 10 nmi range (1 m² target-SW1)
- Forced air cooling
- Dynamic scheduler capable
- Programmable scan Vol./CPI/etc.
Performance and System Metrics
- Frequency: 5.350 – 5.460 GHz
- SWaP Size: 9″ (depth) x 21.25″ (width) x 16″ (height)\
- SWaP Weight: 68 lbs.
- SWaP Average Prime Power Consumption: 350 Watts @ 28Vdc
- SWaP Peak Prime Power Consumption: 420 Watts @ 28Vdc
- Thermal Management: Air cooled
- Transmitter Power at (0°, 0°) Scan: Peak – 70 Watts; average – 14 Watts
- Duty Cycle: 20% for waveforms used during test flights
- Field of Regard: Current single panel system supports ±60˚ Azimuth; ±30˚ Elevation, programmable in software
- Beam Width at (0˚, 0˚) Scan: 4.3˚ azimuth; 5.5˚elevation
Performance and Systems Metrics
- Detection Range: >10nm
- Minimum Range: 500 ft.
- Range Accuracy: Range resolution = 5.6 meters
- Range Rate Accuracy: < 10 ft. / second
- Angular Accuracy: < 0.7°
- Multiple Target Resolution: 2K ft. spacing w/in 6 nm
- Minimum Operating Altitude: Skyline flight testing has occurred at
3,000 ft. AGL over land and up to 20K ft. AGL over Lake Ontario
- Volume Scan Time – F0R: The single panel prototype Skyline can
scan a ±60° azimuth, ±30° elevation FoR in 3.25 seconds using its 256 pt.
coherent integration mode
- 10 prioritized target tracks
- Up to 5 high priority targets revisited every 600 ms.
- Up to 5 lower priority targets revisited every 1.2 sec
- Programmable reporting frequency (currently set to 50 ms)