Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR

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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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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Fraunhofer FHR

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

Phone+49 228 9435-227


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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Radar Provides Robotics with Visibility

With its radar-on-chip technology, Fraunhofer FHR has now opened up the advantages of radar for use in robotics as well, proving this with the EU project Smokebot. This project, conducted by international partners from research and industry as well as future users, developed a mobile robot capable of providing valuable information to emergency forces by remote control or even semiautonomously. For this, Fraunhofer FHR supplied the small radar modules, which are highly efficient in terms of energy consumption and data volumes, allowing for high-resolution 3D obstacle detection even in poor visibility. The Smokebot prototype will be tested under real operating conditions in the fire exercise building of the Dortmund fire department at the end of June 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



electronica 2018

The electronica in Munich is the international trade fair for electronic components, systems, and applications.
Visit us at electronica in Munich at the Fraunhofer booth 426 in Hall C5.



Bonding Aachen

No matter if you’re looking for a position as student assistant, intern, for your bachelor’s or master’s thesis or even your Ph.D. – with Fraunhofer you get hands-on experience from the start! So set an exclamation mark to your CV by joining one of Europe’s largest research institutes for radar and high frequency technology. Fraunhofer FHR designs, develops and implements complex high-frequency systems, executing each step in-house. The application spectrum ranges from reconnaissance, surveillance and protection systems to real-time capable sensors for traffic and navigation as well as quality assurance and non-destructive testing. At Fraunhofer FHR, we often look for employees from the fields of electrical engineering, physics and mathematics. We’re looking forward meeting you!



7th PCL Focus Days 2019 - Call for Papers

Fraunhofer FHR is once again proud to organise and host the PCL Focus Days on 7th and 8th May 2019 at our institute in Wachtberg, Germany.