Passive radar using Starlink transmissions: a theoretical study

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SpaceX plans to build two NGSO constellations, named Starlink, to provide high speed internet to end-users. The system will have global coverage 24/7 by means of launching 4425 satellites on circular low orbits. In this paper, the possibility of using these satellite emissions as an illuminating source for bistatic real and synthetic aperture radars, assuming a receiver on or near the earth surface, is investigated. The practicality of these systems are discussed for possible applications.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 20th International Radar Symposium (IRS)
EditorsPeter Knott
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2019
EventThe International Radar Symposium IRS 2019 - Ulm, Germany
Duration: 26 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameInternational Radar Symposium (IRS), proceedings
ISSN (Print)2155-5745
ISSN (Electronic)2155-5753


ConferenceThe International Radar Symposium IRS 2019