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    I agree and waveguide is a dangerous emitter of rays if it gets damaged or even pinholed. There are problems to be overcome such as curvature of the earth and the true height and distance of the target. Air temperature vis -a-vis ground temperature has an effect on range. Overall some form of air patrol and/or a good ESM, ECM, and ECCM systems fitted aboard ship, will always be useful and give one's ship more freedom of action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medsailor View Post
    Its more a question of what you are actually mounting on the kite. The radar antenna only, the antenna and transceiver, antenna transceiver and signal processor? If its only the former then the losses in 250+ metres of waveguide/coax will be wicked, if the latter then weight becomes an issue and the kite starts to get pretty big.
    Cannot the signal be TX'd to the ship thus avoiding the coax.

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    As far as I am aware, the system currently being worked on will use a Simrad 4G radar with an ethernet output that connects to ship via wifi.
    There are always going to be trade-offs between range, weight and power requirements but that is what they are starting with.
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    a New horizon for Simrad yacht radars with a jump from 200feet low range in harbour to 36nm max range . Will the info be available to everybody with a similar receiver? Cheap at 1995USD but poor definition of targets especially land features. It seems to me this is exploratory technology , untried in an extreme marine naval environment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medsailor View Post
    Its more a question of what you are actually mounting on the kite. The radar antenna only, the antenna and transceiver, antenna transceiver and signal processor? If its only the former then the losses in 250+ metres of waveguide/coax will be wicked, if the latter then weight becomes an issue and the kite starts to get pretty big.
    Since the kite is effing big as it is pulling the ship, this is probably not an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graylion View Post
    Since the kite is effing big as it is pulling the ship, this is probably not an issue.
    Not with that dinky radar, no. I imagined something a bit more substantial.

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    Aeolus started sea trials today on Eithne.

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    The god of winds...cue jokes!

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    HeliKite being used to raise a sensor pod using modified COTS technology to produce a cost-competitive highly capable surveillance suite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    Aeolus started sea trials today on Eithne.
    US DARPA have something very similar installed and testing on their USV sub hunter platform

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    It's a helping out project and may have a significance in the future. We should concentrate on drone technology including relevant delivery systems.

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