Since drones can be flown remotely or autonomously and can navigate dangerous environments without any risk to human operators, they are attractive for military applications, including surveillance, reconnaissance, and combat missions. At the same time, enemy drones pose a growing serious threat to civilians and soldiers. Current anti-drone warfare is either inaccurate or expensive, so this project aims to build a low-cost, crayon-sized radar-guided microrocket to target drones. The micromissile will be launched in the direction of the drone, after which the micromissile will use active radar homing to track its target up to 100 m away. We are currently working on adding a millimeter-wave FMCW radar to the next generation of the single-chip micro mote (SCµM) for this purpose, and we are building simulations for the micromissile's sensing and controls systems.
March 6, 2023
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