Small satellite dispersed SAR-an exemplary configuration

Josef Mittermayer, Paco López-Dekker, Thomas Kraus, Gerhard Krieger

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The paper reports about a basic analysis of a distributed SAR system realized by several small satellites. The potential for Pulse Repetition Frequency (PRF) reduction and the corresponding swath width extension is discussed. It is derived how to maintain a gap-free phase center (PC) sequence while increasing the inter-satellite distance. The paper presents different kinds of configurations. The one that solves the problem combines alternating transmit (tx) and dispersed receive (rx) satellites. An example configuration suitable for ship monitoring is established. It serves to illustrate the problem statement and its solving.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of EUSAR 2016: 11th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Electronic)9783800742288
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event11th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 6 Jun 20169 Jun 2016
Conference number: 11


Conference11th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
Abbreviated titleEUSAR 2016

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