Cranfield University

Cranfield Airport is extending its capabilities with the construction of a new radar surveillance system, which will be the first on-site radar facility in 30 years. The radar from Easat Radar Systems Limited is part of continual upgrades to the Airport’s technical capabilities, to maintain efficient operations and support the world-class aviation research that takes place at Cranfield University.

The 38 metre mono-tube radar tower will be sited at land north of Handley Page Close at Cranfield University, with construction starting in 2024. It is expected to become operational in 2026 and will improve the Airport’s capacity to map airspace, actively detecting aircraft rather than relying on them to transmit information.

The new capability will also support an increasing need from researchers for Air Traffic Controllers to understand activity around the Airport, including the integration of Unmanned Air Systems. Funding for the radar was secured from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

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