This letter discusses the implementation of SABRINA, Synthetic Aperture radar Bistatic Receiver for Interferometric Applications. The ground resolution of a fixed-receiver bistatic system is studied, showing that it is comparable to that of a monostatic system. Due to the short distance from target to receiver, large sensitivity is obtained. The noncooperative nature of the bistatic system forces a conservative data-acquisition strategy based on continuously sampling the scattered signal during a temporal window around the predicted satellite overpass time. Also, to be able to synchronize the system in time and in frequency, sampling of a direct signal obtained through an antenna pointed at the satellite is required. Besides the signal processing required to phase-lock the received signal, the bistatic synthetic aperture radar processing needs to take into account the azimuth-dependent phase history. First focused images obtained with the SABRINA-ENVISAT combination are discussed.
- Bistatic synthetic aperture radar
- Sensor of opportunity
- Synthetic aperture radar (SAR)