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OAR-Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS)

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        abstract:  The Tethered Aerostat Radar System is a balloon-borne wind and temperature profiling Radar operating at 449 MHz.
        purpose:  The primary aerostat mission is to provide radar data in support of federal agencies involved in the nation's drug interdiction program.
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        supplementalInformation:  Operational concerns for these aerostats include severe weather (affecting its ability to stay aloft) and safety (both in the air and when retrieving the aerostat). RWPs are being installed at the TARS sites by ESRL/PSD to provide crucial information about winds aloft to aid the aerostat operations. The first TARS site with this system was Ft. Huachuca, Arizona; the second was near Key West, Florida. These new RWP sites will also augment the established NOAA network of wind profilers across the central U.S. to support weather forecasting operations. The new 449-MHz RWP is designed to provide 15 min average winds (updated every 5 mins) from 0.15 to 4.0 km above the ground with 0.12 km vertical resolution and run continuously with little operator intervention. The systems consist primarily of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) parts and will be integrated and tested at at the Boulder Atmospheric Observatory near Boulder, Colorado. One non-COTS part is the NOAA Radar Wind Profiler Advance Signal Processing System (SPS) modules. The SPS modules operate on a separate computer and handle all data processing from the spectral level on up. The SPS performs multiple spectral peak picking and identification, time- height continuity checks, and provides a "confidence" value for each calculated wind point. This confidence value can be set to screen out virtually all contaminated wind data. 449 Mhz Radar Operating Parameters Peak Power: 6 KW Wavelength 0.668 m Average Power: 500 W Pulse Width: 2.8 Micro sec IPP:125 Micro sec Bandwidth (3 dB): 350 KHz Receiver Noise Figure: 0.5 dB Minimum Detectable Signal: -150 dBm Antenna: Steerable Phased Array, Co-linear CoCo Elements Antenna Area: 26 m2 Weight: 2.5 tons Antenna Beamwidth (3 dB): 7 deg. RASS Processing: Simultaneous Acoustic and Base Bands RASS acoustic frequency: 1 KHz Data Products: Spectra and Moments.
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