What is a Radome?

A radome is a structural, weatherproof enclosure that protects a radar system or antenna and is constructed of material that minimally attenuates the electromagnetic signal transmitted or received by the antenna. Radomes protect antenna surfaces from weather and/or conceal antenna electronic equipment from public view. There are specialized radome manufacturers who provide radomes for all types applications including for weather radar, air traffic control, satellite communications, and telemetry.

Radomes can be manufactured in many shapes and sizes. The particular application or frequency determines the use of a variety of construction materials. Radome Services LLC crews are experienced with all types, including dielectric, space frame, composite, and air inflatable radomes that are mounted on the ground, towers, roof tops and on board ships.

Types of Radomes

A radome is an electronic antenna enclosure. These enclosures are made of either rigid self-supporting materials or air-inflated flexible fabrics. Radomes are used to enclose radar systems and satellite communications (SATCOM) antennas.

There are three major types of ground-based radome, shown here:

Picture of Composite Radomes

Composite Radomes

An example of a composite radome is a sandwich radome. A sandwich radome is a rigid, self-supporting shell type structure constructed of doubly-curved panels which form a spherical dome.

Picture of Air Supported Radomes

Air Supported Radomes

An air-supported radome is a flexible fabric envelope that must be inflated at all times. Its operation depends upon a non-interruptible power supply and redundant blower systems. This envelope fabric provides the most favorable RF characteristics.

Picture of Space Frame Radomes

Space Frame Radomes

A space frame radome is a rigid, self-supporting structure composed of triangular panels assembled into a geodesic dome. This type of radome is most commonly used in severe weather locations.

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