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BeagleBone Radarcape

An ADSB / Mode-A/C air data receiver with a nanosecond accurate GPS based time stamp option. Used to monitor aircraft positions in the range of the local antenna and exchanging this information with local PCs or through internet. Contains an Altera EP3C16 FPGA, MAX1193 dual channel ADC, a 1090MHz receiver and a Trimble Resolution SMT GPS module. Subsidary use is as an NTP Stratum 1 time standard. FPGA is loaded from Beaglebone using passive serial mode. Aircraft data is available on ttyO5, GPS information on ttyO2. The board is prepared to be equipped with a 15MSample 12bit ADC for SDR applications.


Electrical Specifications

Power Supply 5V/200mA without GPS
5V/300mA with GPS via VDD_5V, optionally SYS_5V
Indicators 2 dual color (red/green) on front panel
1 red LED on board
Connectors 1 SMA connector for a 1090MHz antenna
1 UFL for a pigtail connecting the GPS to external
1 UFL for the SDR receiver

Mechanical Specifications

Size 2.15" x 3.40"
Layers 4
PCB Thickness .062"
RoHS Compliant Yes


BeagleBone Breadboard Pin Usage
EEPROM Support Yes
Board Name Radarcape
Version V2.1
Manufacturer Guenter Koellner
Part Number Radarcape
Pins Used 28


Open Source Partly on proven request
System Reference Manual Yes
Schematics Partly on proven request
PCB Files Not public
Gerber Files Not public
Bills of Materials Available on request


Vendors have not yet been disclosed.

Manufacturer's Link

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