ARS is actively developing an X-band weather surveillance portable Doppler radar. The new radar is dual polarized and low power with sensitivity for rain detection out to 180 nmi. The phased array antenna has an approximate 2 degree beamwidth in azimuth and elevation. The system is based on a software defined radar architecture, allowing the radar to operate in hard target search and track if desired.
ARS has plans to develop small passive and active apertures for UAV based radar sensing.
ARS has patent pending technologies that innovate new ways of two-dimensional phased array beamsteering antennas. Once this technology is developed, low cost, highly capable antennas will be available for multi-function systems in support of radar and communications.
ARS is developing:
A low profile antenna technology for Satellite Communications. This technology is expected to reduce system cost and eliminate drag associated with conventional SATCOM antenna installations on aircraft.
Millimeter wave antennas for line-of-sight communications and high data rate networks for mobile or fixed installations.
ARS has plans to develop a wideband (2-18 GHz) sensor for direction finding with polarization sensing.