This experimental scenario considers that there is a PAW (e.g. an SDR, radar, RF sensor, etc.) at the fixed node while there is no PAW at the drone or other vehicles. For example, the SDR at the fixed node may passively sense the signals from the environment (such as the drone control signals) or it can use radar signals (Fortem, UWB) to track the drone. The drone may be piloted by AERPAW, or it may be a drone not owned/piloted by AERPAW.

As an example of possible experiments in this scenario, experimenters can use Keysight RF sensors or USRPs to capture drone control/payload signals radiated from the drone, and using those, can detect/classify/localize/track the drone. There are a few recent incidents of micro-UAVs violating public privacy and the security of sensitive facilities such as nuclear power plants and airports. Interestingly, most of these events occurred when drone pilots intentionally violated no-fly-zone restrictions. Hence, it is of critical importance to identify such unconventional threats. This can be achieved by accurately detecting and identifying non-compliant commercial small drones. In addition to using passive RF signals to detect/classify/localize/track the drones, we will also support the use of active radar transmissions (e.g. Fortem or UWB radars) for tracking drones.

RF Sensing of Drones

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Radar Sensing of Drones

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Sensing of Vehicles and People

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[4] S. Jeng, W. Chieng, and H. Lu, “Estimating speed using a side-looking single-radar vehicle detector,” IEEE Trans. Intell. Transp. Syst., vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 607–614, 2014.

Spectrum Occupancy Monitoring

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