Open Source Radar

Michael’s teaching and outreach approach has at its core open source software and hardware development. Too many excellent, even world-changing student projects remain in dusty notebooks. Computer vision algorithms can be applied to a wide variety of radar and radio science measurements.

Red Pitaya v1.1 circuit board

Using Raspberry Pi as radar processor for Red Pitaya transmit/receive, an HF ionospheric radar is implemented.

harmonic radar diode

Batteryless status reporting via a radar interrogating tags with sensing elements. Sense temperature, corrosion, presence and more.

coffee can radar side view

The original 2006 tin can radar built for under $50. Perfect for schools and humanitarian relief by detecting people under debris or behind walls.

Passive FM radar map New England

Algorithms developed for detecting ionospheric returns, using FM broadcast signals as the radar transmitter.