100 Years of Radar

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Springer, Sep 15, 2015 - Technology & Engineering - 399 pages

This book offers fascinating insights into the key technical and scientific developments in the history of radar, from the first patent, taken out by Hülsmeyer in 1904, through to the present day. Landmark events are highlighted and fascinating insights provided into the exceptional people who made possible the progress in the field, including the scientists and technologists who worked independently and under strict secrecy in various countries across the world in the 1930s and the big businessmen who played an important role after World War II. The book encourages multiple levels of reading. The author is a leading radar researcher who is ideally placed to offer a technical/scientific perspective as well as a historical one. He has taken care to structure and write the book in such a way as to appeal to both non-specialists and experts. The book is not sponsored by any company or body, either formally or informally, and is therefore entirely unbiased. The text is enriched by approximately three hundred images, most of which are original and have been accessed by detailed searches in the archives.

 

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Contents

1 The Unfortunate Inventor and the Lucky OneThe URRADAR Early Apparatus
1
2 The Owls and the Gufo Birth of Italian Radar
13
3 A Simultaneous InventionThe Former Developments
55
4 Air Defense and the Alleged Father of Radar
79
5 The Second World War and Radar TechnologiesDevelopments of Air Defense and Air Traffic Control Radars
99
Birth and Development of Airborne and of Antisubmarine Warfare Systems
147
7 The Italian Radar Industry in the Postwar Period
191
8 From Ground to SpaceBased RadarThe Adventure of the Italian Synthetic Aperture Radar
253
9 Scops Owls and BatsRecent Radar Developments
265
A Final DisSolution for the Radar?
303
End Notes
316
Credits for Images
366
References
383
Index of Names
394
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Gaspare GALATI received a Dr. Ing. Degree (Laurea) in Nuclear Engineering in 1970 and subsequently worked until 1986 for the company Selenia, where he was involved in radar systems analysis and design. From 1984 to 1986 he headed Selenia’s System Analysis Group, a group of 12 graduate engineers supporting the whole company for R&D activities in the field of radar systems, telecommunications, and computer applications. He conceived and analyzed the former Adaptive Moving Target Indicator (MTI) filter (patented), used in Selenia/Alenia surveillance radars, and was involved in the design of their former MTD (Moving Target Detector) processor. In March 1986 he became Associate Professor of Radar at Tor Vergata University, Rome. Since November 1994, he has been Full Professor of Radar and Navigation Systems at the Tor Vergata University of Rome, where he also teaches Probability, Statistics, and Random Processes. His main interests are in radar theory and techniques, detection and estimation, navigation, and air traffic management. He is the author or co-author of more than 250 papers, 20 patents, 4 research books and 4 teaching books on these topics. He is a senior member of the IEEE and of the Associazione Italiana per l’ ICT, AICT. Within the AICT he chairs the Remote Sensing and Guidance Group. He is chairman of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Chapter of the IEEE – Italy, and a member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Italy Section.

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