Avian Radar Target Simulator

Avian Radar Target Simulator

USDA Avian Radar Evaluation

  • Since 1988, >219 people have been killed after aircraft bird strikes, worldwide 
  • Bird/wildlife encounters cost U.S. civil aviation >$600 million/year 
  • USDA responsible for wildlife management at U.S. civilian airports 
  • Commercial vendors have modified marine radars to detect and track avian targets 
    • A potentially valuable tool in wildlife management
  • This study will perform an assessment of one system – the Detect Inc. Merlin bird radar
    • Radar system characteristics being documented
    • Simulation study to examine theoretical limits of detectability/object tracking in varied ground clutter and weather environments