MIPS X-Band Profiling Radar (XPR)

MIPS X-Band Profiling Radar (XPR)

Manufactured by Radiometrics and added to the MIPS platform in 2009, the XPR is a unique tool to the MIPS. The XPR is a horizonatally polarized, vertically-pointing Doppler radar that allows for high resolution vertical Doppler moments from the surface to ~10 km above ground level. With the XPR, we are able to gather critcal information regarding updraft/downdraft strength, vertical structure of reflectivity, and vertical structures of spectrum width.

The MIPS X-Band Profiling Radar

Specifications:
  • Transmitter Power: X-Band (25 kW)
  • Transmitter: Magnetron
  • Frequency: 9.41 GHz
  • Antenna Diameter: 1.8 m
  • Beam Width: 1.2 Degrees
  • Range: 10-12 km
  • Polarization: Single (Horizontal)
  • Pulse Width (PW): Selectable between 0.2, 0.5 and 1 second
  • Pulse Repetition Frequency (PRF): 1000 Hz at 1-second PW, 1250 Hz at 0.5-s PW, 2000 Hz at 0.2-second PW
  • Dwell Time: 50 ms at 1000 Hz PRF, 40 ms at 1250 Hz PRF, 25 ms at 2000 Hz PRF