Faculty Advisor

Clancy, Edward A.

Project Center

MIT Lincoln Laboratory-Lexington, Massachusetts


This project provides a solution for improved radar receiver gain calibration practices for MIT Lincoln Laboratory Group 108 (Tactical Defense Systems). To demonstrate the importance of calibration, we first simulated receiver gain variation as a function of frequency and temperature. We then developed a graphical user interface (GUI) application written in C++ for automated computation and display of receiver gain calibration results. Current calibration practices involve manual measurement, invasive test setup, and delayed analysis. Our tool minimizes calibration setup and provides operators with immediate results, indicating the health of the receiver prior to the mission. The radar receiver calibration toolkit meets the needs of Group 108 and will be used in future flight tests.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2013


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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