Own Airplane Radar using RTL-SDR on Kali Linux

In our previous article we learnt the basics of RTL-SDR, what is it and how to set and use it on our Kali Linux system. So in this article we are not going to cover the basics again. Please make sure to read our previous article carefully. One more thing, buying RTL-SDR from our Amazon link will support us, we earn a little commission income.

Let's start today's article. Today we are going to discuss about how we can create our own Airplane radar using our RTL-SDR device on our Kali Linux system. This way we can know about the airplanes around us using their radio signals. So without wasting time let's get started.

Airplane Radar Using RTL-SDR on Kali Linux

We need to connect our RTL-SDR with our Kali Linux laptop/desktop or Raspberry Pi then we need to open our terminal window and run following command to clone dump1090:

git clone https://github.com/antirez/dump1090

In the following screenshot we can see that we had successfully cloned dump1090 on our system.

dump 1090 clonning from GitHub
Now we move the dump1090 directory by using following command:

cd dump1090

Here we just need to type the following command:

make

We can see the output of the preceding command in the following screenshot:

dump1090 on Kali Linux

Now we got the executable file (dump1090). Now we can run this tool, by using following command:

./dump1090 --interactive --net

Now we can see our nearby airplanes on our terminal, as we can see in the following screenshot:

Airplanes on our terminal using RTL-SDR

Here we can see some details of Airplanes like Flight Number, Speed, Altitude (height from surface) Latitude, Longitude etc. It's not end. There are more.

We open our browser and navigate to http://127.0.0.1:8080, here we can see the world map and in this map we can locate our nearby airplanes on the map. We can see the direction and their movements, shown in the following screenshot:

planes on our own radar

In the above screenshot we can see there are four planes nearby us, we also can track their movements. Whenever we click over a plane we can see the details about it. Shown in the following screenshot:

Airplane radar at home using Kali LInux and RTL-SDR

In our previous RTL-SDR article we set up RTL-SDR on Kali Linux and tune radio frequencies using GQRX. On our this article we create our own Airplane radar. What's next? Want an article on GSM hacking (ethically) using RTL-SDR ? Let us know in the comment section.

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