A Highly Flexible and Scalable S-band SwarmSAR from Very Simple Nodes

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Abstract

The paper introduces the principles and the technical elements supporting the so-called SwarmSAR concept, consisting in a close formation of simple nodes cooperating in a MIMO-like frame to boost their imaging flexibility and performance. The philosophy of the swarm consists in employing extremely basic but self-sufficient nodes, each one guaranteeing sufficient image quality even when used individually. The costs are hence diverted from the node to the formation launching and maintenance aspects. We promote in this paper the use of S-Band as a convenient frequency both for the single node and for the formation requirements and resourceful for applications. An outline of the envisioned cooperative illumination modes, including high resolution imaging and the interferometric modes, and a preliminary discussion on their expected performance and challenges is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Radar Conference, RadarConf 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728189420
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event2020 IEEE Radar Conference, RadarConf 2020 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 21 Sep 202025 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE National Radar Conference - Proceedings
Volume2020-September
ISSN (Print)1097-5659

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE Radar Conference, RadarConf 2020
CountryItaly
CityFlorence
Period21/09/2025/09/20

Keywords

  • mini-Sat
  • multistatic
  • S-Band
  • SAR
  • small satellites
  • swarm

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