Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2018.


Computer Engineering; Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Ahmed Amer

Second Advisor

Ramesh Abhari


Drones are increasingly common in everything from entertainment to delivery services. Currently, GPS and wireless triangulation are the two main methods of tracking drones and collision avoidance. The main problem with these two methods are accuracy and mobility. This thesis goes into building a system that is able to solve the two main drawbacks, by using a completely contained antenna system. The system is robust and can work in a variety of environments and situations. While the thesis focuses on drone tracking, the system is built with modularity in mind and can be adapted to track other RF signals with proper RF down conversion modules. This thesis will go in depth in how this aforementioned system was conceptualized, designed, built, and evaluated.