Maritime target detection using GNSS-based radar: Experimental proof of concept

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  • D. Pastina
  • F. Santi
  • F. Pieralice
  • M. Bucciarelli

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External organisations

  • University of Rome La Sapienza


This paper investigates the feasibility of using the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) as transmitters of opportunity in a passive bistatic radar system for maritime target detection applications. To this purpose, the experimental test bed was developed, and the practical campaign was conducted for maritime data acquisition with the new Galileo satellites and a ferry as the target. By developing and applying the appropriate signal processing algorithm, the obtained experimental results have not only verified the system performance, but also showed the potentialities of a multi-static configuration utilising multiple satellites simultaneously.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf)
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2017
Event2017 IEEE Radar Conference, RadarConf 2017 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 8 May 201712 May 2017


Conference2017 IEEE Radar Conference, RadarConf 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Galileo, GNSS-based radar, Maritime Moving Target Indication (M-MTI), Passive radar