Airborne Radar

Smartmicro airborne radars can be used for a variety of airborne applications. With more than 20 years of experience in radar technology, we provide off-the-shelf, ready-to-run solutions or customized products for the wide field of airborne applications.

The Micro Radar Altimeter precisely determines the true height above ground.

Smartmicro airborne Radars. Derived from automotive technology. Engineered and made in Germany.


Radar Altimeter

  • For standard UAVs, small UAVs (sUAV).
  • For fixed and rotary winged aircraft, VTOL aircraft.
  • For target drones.

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Airdrop Height Sensor

  • True height above ground measurement for airdrop guidance units.
  • Precision airdrops.

Proximity warning

  • Detects, tracks and calculates range and attitude of objects around an aircraft.
  • Nearest object detection (position and relative speed vector).
  • Collision warning applications.

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How It Works

Smartmicro airborne radars are based on state-of-the-art 24 GHz radar technology. They work by sending out a low power microwave beam and capturing all reflections within its coverage. Depending on the application, either the shortest distance is reported (altimeter, air drop sensor) or a list of all visible objects is given (proximity warning system).

The applied radar principle allows precise and stable direct measurement of the distance at a high update rate.

All systems

  • Works for high forward and vertical speeds.
  • Built-in test (BIT) and diagnostics on board.
  • Low installation cost, quick installation and configuration.
  • Attractive unit cost.
  • Works under adverse weather and visual conditions.
  • Withstands highest shock and vibration levels.
  • Maintenance free.
  • High availability.
  • Long lifetime.
  • Small, light weight.
  • Operation at 24GHz allows small size of sensor.
  • Can be mounted invisibly behind plastic or other, non conductive material.

Radar Altimeter

  • Reliably measures true height above ground under all vision coditions, even in blowing sand.
  • Determines vertical speed component (sink rate). 
  • Insensitive to aircraft attitude (pitch and roll up to ±20deg).
  • Stable and precise measurements.
  • High update rate.

Air Drop Sensor

  • Determines true height above ground and sink rate.
  • Very robust - usually withstands impact shock.
  • Insensitive to pitch and roll.
  • Stable and precise measurements.
  • Reflections from the load are removed through Digital Signal Processing.

Proximity Warning Sensor

  • Detects and tracks up to 64 objects in the vicinity.
  • Precisely measure the positions and speed vector of all detected objects.