Depression angle of surface target
depAng = depressionang(H,R)
depAng = depressionang(H,R,MODEL)
depAng = depressionang(H,R,MODEL,Re)
the depression angle from the horizontal at an altitude of
depAng = depressionang(
to surface targets. The sensor is
H meters above
R is the range from the sensor to
the surface targets. The computation assumes a curved earth model
with an effective earth radius of approximately 4/3 times the actual
Height of the sensor above the surface, in meters. This argument
can be a scalar or a vector. If both
Distance in meters from the sensor to the surface target. This
argument can be a scalar or a vector. If both
Earth model, as one of |
Effective earth radius in meters. This argument requires a positive scalar value.
Depression angle, in degrees, from the horizontal at the sensor
altitude toward surface targets
Calculate the depression angle for a ground clutter patch that is 1000 m away from the sensor. The sensor is located on a platform that is 300 m above the ground.
depang = depressionang(300,1000);
The depression angle is the angle between a horizontal line containing the sensor and the line from the sensor to a surface target.
For the curved earth model with an effective earth radius of Re, the depression angle is:
For the flat earth model, the depression angle is:
 Long, Maurice W. Radar Reflectivity of Land and Sea, 3rd Ed. Boston: Artech House, 2001.
 Ward, J. "Space-Time Adaptive Processing for Airborne Radar Data Systems," Technical Report 1015, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, December, 1994.