Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR

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New space surveillance capabilities in Germany - Learn more at the ILA Berlin April 25-29, 2018

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Space observation with radar to secure Germany's space infrastructure

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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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Careers at Fraunhofer FHR

FHR is the ideal partner for clients who wish to conduct up-to-date research using state-of-the-art equipment – some of which is unique in Europe – and develop new radar and high frequency technology applications for customers from industry and the public sector! We offer attractive positions at all career levels – from student level to qualified expert.

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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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Research for defense and security

Photorealistic aerial images, high-precision measurements of satellite orbits, a look beneath the Earth's surface,  air surveillance through the utilization of TV and radio stations – just a few examples of the remarkable capabilities of radar. Due to its unique capabilities – independence from weather and daylight, long-range, high sensitivity to range rate changes and the generation of high resolution images – radar is now an indispensable tool for military and civilian applications.

The Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR has focused on the fine-tuning of existing radar systems and the development of groundbreaking new radar technology for over 50 years and has therefore shaped the history of radar for more than half of the time that has passed since it was first patented by Christian Hülsmeyer in 1904.

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Press Release / 21.6.2018

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.


Press Release / 23.3.2018

Space observation with radar to secure Germany's space infrastructure

From the 25th to the 29th of April 2018, Fraunhofer FHR and its partners will exhibit the complementary radar systems TIRA and GESTRA as well as the latest radar techniques for space observation across three stands at the ILA Berlin Air Show: Hall 4, Stand 202 (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), Hall 3, Stand 302 (German Space Situational Awareness Center ) and Hall 2, Stand 203 (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy).


Press Release / 21.3.2018

Researchers at Fraunhofer FHR monitor re-entry of Chinese space station Tiangong-1

In just a few weeks from now, the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere. The scientists at Fraunhofer FHR in Wachtberg near Bonn have already been monitoring Tiangong-1 for a number of weeks with their TIRA (Tracking and Imaging Radar) system, one of the most powerful space observation radars in the world, with a view to supporting the national Space Situational Awareness Center (WRLageZ) and the ESA (European Space Agency) with their re-entry forecasts.


Press Release / 19.3.2018

Development and Fast Analysis of 3D Printed HF Components

Fraunhofer FHR is exploring the new possibilities of 3D printed high frequency structures for its customers and partners. Engineers are inspecting the quality of components manufactured using additive processes with their high frequency transmitted light imaging system SAMMI®. They will present this system at the Hannover Messe in hall 2, booth C22, from April 23 to 27, 2018.

Events and Exhibitions



10th International Summer School on Radar/SAR

Fraunhofer FHR cordially invites you to join us for our 10th International Summer School on Radar / SAR. We offer the unique opportunity to gain an in-depth education on radar and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) techniques by distinguished international lecturers. Our programme covers a wide range from radar fundamentals over state-of-the-art Radar/SAR systems to sophisticated array signal processing techniques.



SMM 2018

Fraunhofer FHR presents RASKEL, a new maritime radar with electronically controlled array antenna, and SEERAD, an innovative transponder for a fast rescue of shipwrecked people.



CoSeRa 2018

5th International Workshop on Compressed Sensing Theory and its Applications to Radar, Sonar and Remote Sensing



Security 2018

In its role as one of the leading European institutes, Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR conducts extensive research in the area of high frequency and radar techniques. The research activities at FHR focus on imaging systems and sensors for highest precision range or position determination. The application spectrum of these devices  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.