Operated by OU's Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC), RaXPol boasts extremely rapid pedestal speeds, which enable a volume scan to be completed in as little as 20 seconds. The truck-based platform can quickly maneuver to a target area, deploy, operate, and depart with minimal preparation. While these advantages make RaXPol well-adapted to observation of severe weather phenomena, the arbitrary transmit waveform and raw I/Q data recording capabilities also allow for experiments with pulse compression and innovative radar signal processing.
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- 20 kW peak power / 200 W average power TWT transmitter
Transmit frequency is 9730 MHz (X-band)
- Wavelength: 3.08 cm
- Pulse length: 0.1 - 40 μsec
- Pulse repetition frequency: 1 - 8 kHz
- Coherent pulse, chirp, or arbitrary waveform
- Automatic frequency hopping mode for independent sampling during rapid-scan
- 3-dB Beamwidth: 1° (2.4 m Parabolic Dish)
- Gain: 44.5 dBi
- Sidelobe level: Better than -26 dB one-way
- Cross-pol isolation better than 26 dB
- Rotation rate:
- Up to 180° sec-1 in azimuth
- Up to 36° sec-1 in elevation
- Simultaneous dual-polarization
- Moment or I/Q data recording
- A/D converter resolution: 16 bit
- Receiver bandwidth: 50 MHz
- Gate spacing: up to 3 m
- Easy travel
- Bridge clearance: 14'
- Gross weight: 5 tons