Coffee can radar

Whats more hardcore than making your own synthetic aperture radar system? How about teaching a class how to build their own using some breadboardable electronics, empty coffee cans, and a spare laptop?

That’s exactly what radio whiz Greg Charvat did this semester at MIT, and you can see some of the results that students are getting here and here. I’m eagerly awaiting the plans and parts lists that they’ve promised to release once the class is finished.

I don’t recall seeing many radar hacks at all (besides Greg’s, of course)– anyone else out there attempting to make their own?

Shown above is the radar that students Tony Hyun Kim, Nevada Sanchez, and Paresh Malalur put together for the class.