Echodyne technology enables high-performance radar for commercial markets, applications

Echodyne Corp has released its MESA-K-DEV, an ultra-low C-SWAP (cost, size, weight, and power), fast electronically scanning radar based on its patented Metamaterials Electronically Scanning Array (MESAâ„¢), the company said.

Released as a developer´s kit, MESA-K-DEV is designed to give end customers and integrators the ability to test the breakthrough C-SWAP characteristics and capabilities of MESA-based radar. MESA-K-DEV is evocative of a number of breakthrough future applications, including: Airborne Detect and Avoid radars on small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), dramatically enhanced autonomous vehicle radars, security radars capable of drone detection, and many others.

Echodyne Corp´s MESA-K-DEV radar — an ultra-low C-SWAP (cost, size, weight, and power) high performance electronically scanning radar based on Echodyne´s Metamaterials Electronically Scanning Array (MESA(TM)). MESA-K-DEV is evocative of many breakthrough applications, including: detect and avoid radar on small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), dramatically enhanced autonomous vehicle radars, security radars capable of drone detection, small synthetic aperture radars, and many others.

Unlike conventional mechanical apertures that steer a radar beam using motorized gimbals, Echodyne´s MESA requires no moving parts to steer its beam. And unlike Phased Array radars or Active Electronically Scanning Array radars that require complicated and expensive transmit/receive modules – including phase shifters, amplifiers, circulators, and low noise amplifiers behind every single antenna element – MESA uses a vastly simpler metamaterials architecture. The net effect of this simplified architecture is dramatically lower cost, size, weight and power.

Echodyne is reinventing the way the world uses radar by creating high performance electronically scanning radars with ultra-low C-SWAP (cost, size, weight, and power). Echodyne´s patented Metamaterial Electronically Scanning Array (MESA) offers disruptive capabilities for existing radar applications, and enables new categories of radars never before thought possible such as small, lightweight radars for UAVs, robots, autonomous vehicles, and security that work well even when environmental conditions are less than ideal (e.g., in rain, snow, fog, dust, darkness, etc.). Echodyne is a privately held company backed by Bill Gates, Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital, Lux Capital, and The Kresge Foundation, among others.