Introduction to Airborne Radar (Aerospace & Radar Systems)

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Introduction to Airborne Radar is the revision of the classic book privately published by Hughes Aircraft Company in 1983. Lavishly produced in full color, the book was quite unlike any commercially published radar book produced by the major technical publishers. The combination of clear, understandable writing and the unparalleled illustrations established the text-reference as a 'must-have' for engineers, technicians, pilots, and even sales and marketing people within the radar and aerospace industry. The book was authored by veteran Hughes engineer and Technical Manager George W. Stimson, a publications specialist. Individual chapters were thoroughly reviewed by the appropriate experts within the Hughes Radar Systems Group. The book was initially available 1983-1987 only to those within the Hughes family: employees and customers, primarily the military. Restriction was lifted in 1987. Hughes went through three printings and 40,000 copies 1983-1993, mostly by word-of-mouth testimonials and demand. Upon retirement from Hughes, George Stimson successfully negotiated for the rights to the book and made an agreement with SciTech Publishing to do a major revision of the text to update it. The resulting Second Edition has been overwhelmingly positive and a best-seller. Second Edition The revision is extensive: thirteen entirely new chapters cover the technological advances over the fifteen years since publication, two chapters considered obsolete have been deleted entirely, three chapters are extensively rewritten and updated, two chapters have been given new sections, and fourteen chapters have been given minor tweaks, corrections, and polishing. The book has grown from 32 chapters to 44 chapters in 584 efficiently-designed pages. Efforts have been made to bring more even-handed coverage to radars developed outside of Hughes Aircraft, while older and less important Hughes radars have been deleted or abbreviated. Chapter 44 catalogs many of the cutting edge radars in functioning aircraft and near-service aircraft in early stages of production. The book's appeal is to a diverse audience: from military pilots and radar officers eager to gain a sound technical understanding of the complex systems that their lives depend upon, on up through technicians, marketing, and sales people, to the radar system design specialists, who may 'know all that stuff' but who deeply admire the expression and thus use the book to teach others who have questions. The market encompasses companies directly involved in the radar business and those on the periphery, college professors of engineering and physics themselves, along with students in aviation, aeronautics, and electromagnetics and radar courses. The cross-disciplinary and multi-level demand for the book shows that the book should not be pigeon-holed as just a radar book for electrical engineers. Virtually anybody with a knowledge of high school algebra, trigonometry, and physics will be able to read and absorb most of the material.

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This book is an ideal introduction to the subject for nonspecialists: engineers, technicians, pilots, and aerospace industry marketing, public relations, and customer support personnel. Also excellent as a reference for specialists in the field. The book is printed in full color.

About the Author:

George Stimson became fascinated with radio waves as a teenage amateur radio enthusiast, designing and building transmitters and receivers.

His first brush with radar, which came in the early years of World War II, was bouncing echoes off Navy blimps in between experiments outside the ultra-high frequency lab at Stanford University. Upon receiving his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, he did some additional course work at Caltech, went through the Navy's radar schools at Bowdoin and MIT, and wound up as an electronics officer on an attack transport.

Following the war, he served as an engineer on Southern California Edison's frequency-change project and at its completion joined Northrop's Snark Missile project. There quite by chance he became involved in technical publications and motion pictures.

In 1951, he was hired by Hughes Aircraft Company to write a widely circulated technical periodical called the Radar Interceptor. Working closely with the company's top designers, in the ensuing years he observed first hand the fascinating evolution of airborne radar from the simple systems for the first all-weather interceptors to the advanced pulsed Doppler systems of today. He witnessed the development of the first radar-guided air-to-air missiles, the first incorporation of digital computers in small airborne radars, the birth of laser radar (SAR), and the programmable digital signal processor; and he saw the extension of airborne radar technology to space applications.

He's taught a short course in modern radar at the National Test Pilots School in Mojave, California, produced a fully narrated interactive multimedia presentation on the new HYSAR radar, and written the article on radar for the 1998 edition of the Encyclopedia Americana.

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