15 JUNE 2020
Update: Echodyne develops family of metamaterial electronically-scanning array radars
by Pat Host
Echodyne has developed a family of palm-sized metamaterial electronically-scanning array (MESA) radars for missions such as counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS), special event security, and UAS autonomy at a unit price of under USD50,000.
Eben Frankenberg, Echodyne president and chief executive officer (CEO), told Janes on 9 June that the company’s innovation is creating phased array radars without phase shifters. While traditional phased-array, electronically-scanning array (ESA) radars phase shift or time delay to steer the beam, Echodyne’s MESA radars turn cells on and off to steer the beam. Echodyne believes that this simpler architecture brings an improvement in cost, size, weight, and power.