Photorealistic aerial images, high-precision measurements of satellite orbits, a look beneath the Earth‘s surface, air surveillance through the utilization of TV and radio stations – just a few examples of the remarkable capabilities of radar. Due to its unique capabilities – independence from weather and daylight, long-range, high sensitivity to range rate changes and the generation of high resolution images – radar is now an indispensable tool for military and civilian applications. Radar and related highfrequency systems are a key technology in the areas of defense and security, particularly in the field of surveillance and reconnaissance.
For over 50 years, the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR has developed numerous innovative concepts, techniques and electromagnetic sensor systems coupled with signal processing techniques and new technologies in the microwave to terahertz frequency range. Fraunhofer FHR is therefore on the leading edge of technology at a European and international level.
The Fraunhofer FHR expert group has been investigating space observation techniques with radars for many years. As a measurement instrument the high performance radar system TIRA (Tracking and Imaging Radar) yields world-wide unique data for the exploration of detection, estimation and imaging techniques. On the other hand, FHR is building up a receiving system for a European Space Situational Awareness (SSA) surveillance radar for ESA. For the planned 'European Space Situational Awareness System' (ESSAS) as well as for the German national 'Weltraumlagesystem' (WRLageSys) FHR's competence in space observation is at the space authorities' disposal.
Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR
Dr.-Ing. Peter Knott
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Heberling
Phone + 49 228 9435-227
Annual Budget 29.1 Mio. Euro