Since the earliest days of military radar application Australia has had a vibrant radar research community, principally in government laboratories. The bombing of Darwin in 1942 led to development, construction and deployment of Australia’s first radars but the next major step in Australian-designed radars had to wait until the 1960’s. Researchers, benefitting from earlier experiments on radar tracking of missiles launched from Woomera, began to plan and implement over-the-horizon radar systems designed for defence surveillance off Australian’s northern coast. The outcome has been the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN).
This presentation, based in part on the author’s personal experience, reviews the radar technology development path that has led to the realisation of JORN.
Speaker: Don Sinnott
Dr Don Sinnott was Chief of a number of Australia’s Defence Science and Technology (DSTO) research Divisions in sensing and IT disciplines (1987-2000), the Department of Defence’s Canberra-based First Assistant Secretary Science Policy (1995-1997), CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Sensor Signal and Information Processing and Company Board Chairman of the CRC’s spin-off companies (2000-2003). He is currently a Board member for the CRC on Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE), an Adjunct Professor with Adelaide University and author of two books of biography.
Don’s areas of professional research and development experience have been in applied electromagnetics, including radio and radar systems, antennas and radio propagation, signal processing and global navigation satellite systems (GPS and related systems). He played a major role in development of Australia’s Jindalee over-the-horizon radar system. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, recipient of its M A Sargent Medal (2014) and a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
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