Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR

70 years of Fraunhofer

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft celebrates 70 years of applied research.

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Research for the future

Fraunhofer FHR is one of the leading radar research institutes in Europe. It conducts extensive research in the area of high frequency and radar techniques and is committed, in cooperation with public institutions, universities and industrial enterprises, to the development of new products that will create benefits for society and strengthen the economy.

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Forschungsfabrik Mikroelektronik

Fraunhofer FHR is part of the Forschungsfabrik Mikroelektronik. One-Stop-Shop for the complete micro and nanoelectronics value chain.

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What is inside the "ball"?

With its space observation radar TIRA, the researchers at FHR develop new radar techniques for the precise determination of the trajectory, size and form of objects in space. These innovative techniques are also used to check the functionality of satellites, support space missions and monitor the general situation in space.

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We develope Radar and High Frequency Technology for your Application


Fraunhofer FHR

Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR
Fraunhoferstraße 20
53343 Wachtberg | Germany

Phone+49 228 9435-227


Fraunhofer FHR radar analyzes deorbiting systems for more sustainability in space travel

„Deorbiting“ Systems are to ensure less debris and more safety for satellites in space. Integrated into the space systems, these should allow them to crash deliberately after their mission ends. The commitment of the space operators to these measures and thus the associated technologies are still relatively young. With the space observation radar TIRA, the Fraunhofer FHR supports manufacturers and operators with analyzes of the systems in use, as such, providing important information on their correct function and how they can be further optimized for their important task. Their space radars TIRA and GESTRA present researchers with examples of their use at the ESA Neo and Debris Detection Conference from 22 to 24 January 2019, in Darmstadt.
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Radar warns of debris in space: At the International Astronautical Congress Fraunhofer FHR shows how

An increasingly dense cloud of space junk is orbiting Earth and endangering telecommunications, navigation and many other satellite-dependent functions. There is no orbital garbage collection. Radar systems can detect these particles and their trajectory, then warn satellite operators of any impending collision. Fraunhofer FHR in Germany is making an essential contribution to space observation with the complementary systems GESTRA and TIRA. Scientists will present how these systems work to 4000 space experts at the International Astronautical Congress IAC from the 1. to the 5. of October 2018 in Bremen (Stand F70).
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One Step Ahead: Adaptive Radar Systems for Smart Driver Assistance

Constantly changing environments represent an enormous challenge for modern driver assistance systems. To meet these challenges, software-controlled automotive radars offer entirely new opportunities: They are compact, low-cost, and also extremely versatile and highly reconfigurable. By applying cognitive methods, they can be used to develop radars that intelligently and automatically adapt their parameters to the individual situations during operation. Fraunhofer FHR will present such an adaptive radar at the European Microwave Week at booth 33 in Madrid from September 25 – 27, 2018. The demonstrator accurately measures changing distances and positions – quickly and intelligently – while optimizing the use of resources.
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New Maritime Radar Systems for Increased Safety on the High Seas

When a person goes overboard, finding her or him quickly is crucial in order to have a chance of rescuing the shipwrecked person. With the SEERAD project, Fraunhofer FHR is joining forces with FH Aachen and Raytheon Anschütz GmbH to develop a new sea rescue radar that is not only capable of reliably locating individual persons or small boats over long distances but also cheaper than the current systems. With this system, small transponders located in life jackets, for instance, will reflect the signals of future maritime radars, which then receive these signals using an extension module. The scientists will present SEERAD as well as a new electronically controlled antenna for a highly accurate maritime radar at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg (hall B6, booth 319) from September 4 - 7, 2018.
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Technical Equipment

The institute possesses an extensive range of technical equipment which is used in the development of innovative radar techniques and systems. 

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Annual Reports and Brochures

Our annual reports, information relating to the institute and other brochures can easily be downloaded here as pdf-file.

Events and Exhibitions



EuCAP 2019

Krakow, Poland



IEEE Radar Confernce 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, USA




Stuttgart, Germany



7th PCL Focus Days 2019

Wachtberg, Germany