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  • Using the telemobiloscope he had developed, Christian Hülsmeyer succeeded for the first time on 17 May 1904 in detecting ships sailing on the Rhine by means of reflections of high-frequency electromagnetic waves: the birth of radar.

    On May 17, 1904, a public experiment was conducted on Cologne’s Hohenzollern Bridge which would go down in history as a milestone of international engineering art. On this day, the inventor Christian Hülsmeyer was the first to succeed in detecting ships travelling on the Rhine River based on the reflections of high frequency electromagnetic waves: It was the birth of radar. On October 19, a ceremony with Cologne's Lord Mayor Henriette Reker has been held to unveil a plaque commemorating this important milestone of technological history.

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  • © Fraunhofer FHR/Bellhäuser

    At the K 2019, the world’s leading trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry in Düsseldorf from October 16 – 23, the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR will demonstrate the broad range of applications of its SAMMI® millimeter wave scanner in the plastics sector. With their trade fair presentation, the scientists will demonstrate the diverse possibilities of millimeter wave technology for the non-contact, non-destructive inspection of plastic products.

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  • Radar innovations beneath the Eifel Tower: The Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR will present leading-edge technology at the 22nd European Microwave Week 2019 taking place in Paris this year. From September 29 to October 4, Europe’s leading trade show und conference for microwave technology, high frequency techniques and radar will once again bring together industry and science. Fraunhofer FHR will attend the EuMW 2019 with two shared booths, six specialist lectures and contributions to three workshops.

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  • The Fraunhofer Institute for High-Frequency Physics and Radar Technology FHR is participating in the International Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt am Main for the first time this year. The institute will be presenting its comprehensive radar expertise in the field of automobility ranging from antenna design, cognitive radar and material characterization up to efficient test procedures using synthetic data at the joint Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft stand from the 10th to 13th of September 2019.

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  • The millimeter wave scanner SAMMI® detects foreign objects and imperfections in quality assurance.
    © Fraunhofer FHR

    The millimeter wave scanner SAMMI® takes center stage at the presentation of the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR at the international trade fair for quality assurance CONTROL in Stuttgart from May 7 to 10, 2019. At the booth the institute shares with the Fraunhofer Vision Alliance, Fraunhofer FHR’s scientists will showcase the possibilities of millimeter wave technology for the detection of foreign objects and imperfections in products for quality assurance.

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  • The compact imaging radar PAMIR Ka uses a microlight aircraft as carrier platform for surveillance and reconnaissance.
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    Premiere in the USA: The Fraunhofer Institute for High-Frequency Physics and Radar Technology FHR is participating in the IEEE Radar Conference 2019 in Boston, USA, from April 22nd to 26th, with three innovative radar applications, two talks and for the first time with its own booth at a fair in the USA. Organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the largest international professional association of engineers, the 2019 IEEE Radar Conference is one of the most important radar conferences worldwide.

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  • Autonomous driving: Making road tests much easier / 2019

    A drive-in movie for the vehicle radar

    Press Release / 1.4.2019

    Illustration of the ATRIUM radar target simulator
    © Fraunhofer FHR

    Sensors in autonomous vehicles have to be extremely reliable, since in the future motorists will no longer constantly monitor traffic while underway. In the past these sensors were subjected to arduous road tests. The new ATRIUM testing device from Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR now makes it possible to move a large portion of these road tests to the laboratory. ATRIUM puts on a show for the vehicle’s radar sensor, generating artificial scenery that comes very close to the actual conditions encountered in street traffic.

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  • © Fraunhofer FHR

    „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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