MP-Series Profilers

Radiometrics rugged, compact MP-Series thermodynamic microwave radiometer profilers continuously observe air temperature, humidity and liquid features that define local weather. Proven, patented designs ensure optimum long-term, all-weather performance for research and operations. Our mature software automatically generates a full suite of real-time forecast indices and tools in familiar meteorological format — powerful new tools for local, high-impact weather prediction.

Designed to meet the demands of research and operational forecasters, Radiometrics thermodynamic profilers deliver unique local atmospheric information essential for accurate local high impact weather prediction, with proven performance in extreme environments and weather conditions.

Optimize local high-impact weather surveillance and prediction with profiling radiometers from the industry leader. Single-band MP-2500A and MP-1500A radiometers use the same platform as the MP-3000A.

MP-3000A Temperature, Humidity and Liquid Profiler

  • 21 K-band (22 to 30 GHz) channels
  • 14 V-band (51 to 59 GHz) channels

  • MP-2500A Temperature Profiler

  • 14 V-band (51 to 59 GHz) channels
  • Upgradeable to MP-3000A

  • MP-1500A Water Vapor Profiler

  • 21 K-band (22 to 30 GHz) channels
  • Upgradeable to MP-3000A

  • Standard Features

  • Frequency Agility for Optimum Performance (patented)
  • All-Weather Rain Effect Mitigation (patented)
  • Elevation Scan for Optimum Boundary Layer Accuracy
  • Modular Field Replaceable Components

  • Accessories

  • Portable Non-Corroding Tripod with Telescoping Legs
  • Internal Infrared Sensor for Accurate Performance in Harsh Environments
  • VizMet-B Mature Graphic User Interface simplifies system operation and maintenance
  • RAOB software displays profiles and forecast indices in formats familiar to meteorologists
  • Azimuthal positioner
  • Extended cable lengths
  • 15 liter cryogenic calibration target
  • 25 liter nitrogen dewar

  • PR-Series Radiometers

    The PR-Series radiometers are often used in non-weather forecasting applications. The photo above is on Baffin Island, Canada, where measurements are being made in the ice pack with a pair of PR-Series radiometers.

    Among other things, customers use PR-Series radiometers, to remotely sense soil, sea, snow, ice and vegetation properties in frequency channels ranging from 1.4 to 89 GHz. Portable, modular, rugged PR-Series radiometers are ideal for accurate and reliable atmospheric and earth surface observations. They have been operated from aircraft, trailer, snowmobile and dogsled platforms. PR-Series radiometers of different bands can be used simultaneously to solve “custom” problems or collect research data.

    Satellite-based microwave observations are increasingly used for near-surface soil moisture, sea, snow, ice and vegetation remote sensing. PR-Series radiometers are ideal for calibration and validation of AMSR, SSMI, SMOS and proposed SMAP satellite observations, as well as other earth surface remote sensing applications.

    Single Polarization Radiometers

  • PR-2230, 22-30 GHz single-polarization, frequency synthesized radiometer
  • PR-8900, 89 GHz single-polarization, fixed-frequency radiometer
  • Dual Polarization Radiometers

  • PR-1475, 1.4 GHz dual-polarization, single-channel radiometer
  • PR-1065, 10.65 GHz dual-polarization, single-channel radiometer
  • PR-1900, 19 GHz dual-polarization, single-channel radiometer
  • PR-3700, 36.5 GHz dual-polarization, single-channel radiometer
  • PR-8900, 89 GHz dual-polarization, single-channel radiometer
  • WIND PROFILERS (Radiometrics)

    Dual Polarization Radiometers

    DeTect is the global leader in Radar Wind Profiler technologies with a full range of modern, state-of-the-art wind profiler products that includes the world's only network class Doppler radar wind profiler system.

    Advanced Radar Wind Profilers:

    The RAPTOR wind profiler technology from DeTect incorporates advanced software, high-speed processors, and more capable and as faster analog-to-digital converters (ADC's) with on-board full digital-down-converters. The RAPTOR new generation radar wind profilers are more reliable, more capable, and produce higher quality wind speed and profile measurement than conventional systems. RAPTOR uses the latest in digital processing technology and functionality delivering significantly improved system performance and reliability over legacy designs.

    DeTect’s Meteorological Systems Group in Longmont, Colorado USA provides a broad range of experience in design, development, testing, installation, operation, maintenance, data analysis and support on operational and research wind profiler systems worldwide. This experience includes development and application of advanced signal processing techniques for wind profilers for government, aviation, aerospace and industrial clients. Relevant experience also includes manufacture and installation of traditional coaxial-collinear (COCO) antennas for 50, 404, 449, and 482 MHz radar wind profilers and modernization of these older systems. DeTect also manufactures and supports the RAPTOR line that includes mesospheric, tropospheric and stratospheric systems and smaller boundary layer systems in a wide range of frequencies that includes trailered, mobile systems. RAPTOR technology can also be added as an upgrade to most OEM systems, including the LAP®-3000.

    RAPTOR Radar Wind Profiler systems include the following models, frequency and power configurations:

  • FBS-MST 30-50 MHz Mesosphere, Stratosphere, Troposphere
  • FBS-STN 400-500 MHz Stratosphere Troposphere (Network Class)
  • FBS-TR 400-500 MHz Troposphere
  • XBS-TR 400-500 MHz Troposphere (fixed or mobile configurations)
  • VAD-BL 900-1300 MHz Parabolic Dish Boundary Layer (fixed high performance)
  • XBS-BL 900-1300 MHz Boundary Layer (fixed and mobile systems)
  • FMC-BL 900-1300 MHz Shipborne Boundary Layer (stabilized antenna system)
  • DBS-BL LAP-3000 Boundary Layer Upgrade

  • Scalable & Expandable Technology:

    RAPTOR represents the state-of-the-art in profiler technology and incorporates modern software, advanced signal processing techniques and data acquisition hardware. RAPTOR models have been developed from the “ground up” with renewed emphasis on reliability and long-term sustainability. The RAPTOR design meets a wide spectrum of user needs from large Mesospheric-Stratospheric-Tropospheric profilers to small, portable and shipborne planetary boundary-layer (BL) systems. For most Stratospheric and Tropospheric (ST) applications, RAPTOR systems are built to operate in the 400–500 MHz band. RAPTOR ST systems employ a unique thinned Yagi antenna array, which along with the transmitter, is designed to be scalable so that custom configurations can easily be derived from a single design to meet target wind height availability requirements for each user.

    Systems are modular and scalable so that the antenna size and power can be increased and expanded as user requirements evolve or as additional funding becomes available. For Boundary Layer only applications, systems in the 800-1500 MHz range are available. The RAPTOR BL systems use micro-patch or DeTect's proprietary VAD dish antenna technologies for compact systems that can be delivered in fixed or mobile (trailered) configurations. The solid-state phase-shifters in RAPTOR have no moving parts, no expensive consumables and are extremely reliable. DeTect's steerable beam technology also enables the radar to form a beam at any azimuth angle (0 to 360 degrees) and at any zenith angle from 0 to 21 degrees.

    RAPTOR system features include:

  • Software defined radio (SDR) cards for a full digital intermediate frequency receiver
  • Robust & user-friendly software interfaces
  • Highly advanced time-height continuity analysis package
  • Long time-series, multi-peak selection & quality control wind calculations
  • Production & display of high quality winds
  • Real-time displays of time-series, large FFTs & all other data products
  • Health & status monitor system provides full monitoring of radar operations
  • Fully remote controllable system
  • Electronically-steered Yagi antenna array
  • Beam pointing anywhere within the cone above the system
  • System designed for scalability in transmit power & antenna size
  • Upgrade of existing RWP systems for improved performance & added capability

  • The DeTect RAPTOR Radar Wind Profiler line was developed to provide unattended, real-time operational support for weather forecasting, aviation, space launch, military and environmental operations, providing high quality meteorological data products at high temporal resolution with minimal spurious data. The design is open and modern, incorporating advanced signal processing, a wide range of data and maintenance displays, non-proprietary acquisition cards and hardware designed for ease of operations and maintenance. Systems are built to US and international standards, incorporating commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components where possible for low acquisition cost, reduced cost of ownership, and ongoing technology insertion and upgrade over the life of the system.

    Software Application Suite:

    The RAPTOR system is controlled by a graphics-rich suite of user-friendly software that includes DeTect's ASPEN data display system and the BIRCH Health and Status Monitor (HSM). A comprehensive set of data displays are available for all aspects of profiler operations and for standard and custom data products. The system also includes a real-time health and status monitoring and reporting systems with automatic alerting of exception events. The system is fully remote controllable with data displays available to multiple remote users in real-time. RAPTOR can be supplied with Microsoft Windows or Linux as the base operating systems. Highly advanced signal processing is used to determine and isolate meteorological signal in backscatter data, producing high quality data products. All system features and functions are accessible by users in real-time and during system operations.