Calibrating EPFL Radar

Before EPFL’s MXPol Radar leaves for another campaign in Antarctica, Palindrome took care of its calibration. Measurements were performed in two stages: first, receiver and transmitter were directly characterized at the radar with a signal analyzer and a signal generator. Second, the radar was moved to France and virtual radar targets were generated with our Radar Target Generator.

Palindrome participates in the 2018 Winter Olympics

The International Collaborative Experiments for Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic winter games (ICE-POP2018) is an international measurement campaign organized by the Korean Meteorological Administration and supported by the World Meteorological Organisation WMO aiming to collect an unprecedented data set on winter clouds and precipitation for weather forecasting during the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in February-March 2018.

In collaboration with researchers from EPFL Palindrome Remote Sensing will set-up its radar target simulator prototype in order to conduct performance tests with the weather radars that were installed specifically for this experiment.

First measurements with the legendary HP / Agilent 8510

We were offered the possibility to obtain an old but legendary HP / Agilent 8510C network analyzer. After some weeks of assembling, calibrating and buying spare parts on ebay, we were finally able to make the first measurements (see image).
The instrument will be inevitable to precisely characterize the radar target simulator and its components in amplitude and phase.