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Master of Science


Department of Engineering Physics

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Robert D. Loper, PhD.


This thesis provides the initial conceptual development of taking into account subauroral polarization streams when preparing for a radar operation. The DoDAF views created to portray the architecture consisted of operational, capabilities, data and information, and finally system views to ensure consistency and realistic outcomes. OV-2 was the significant view because it set the baseline for required actions necessary for the proposed results the Flow Integration of Ionospheric Activity and Radar Evaluation (FIIARE) system would produce. FIIARE is a computer based system concept that performs consolidations and produce predictions using algorithms from the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI). The data portrayed in the views would come from National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN). Data from both agencies would then be utilized in the FIIARE system to prepare the radar operators for calibrating the radar to perform in any area of responsibility (AOR). The overall purpose of this thesis is to develop the initial concept of deciding whether SAPS cause clutter during radar operations. There is a negative impact on the mission due to clutter that SAPS could cause in a 24-hour period. To get better data and estimate how much SAPS effects radar operations, the execution of over the horizon radars and documentation of clutter should use the high-level architecture as a baseline.

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