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An Efficient Method for Performance Monitoring of Active Phased Array Antennas

Bräutigam, Benjamin and Schwerdt, Marco and Bachmann, Markus (2009) An Efficient Method for Performance Monitoring of Active Phased Array Antennas. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 47 (4), pp. 1236-1243. IEEE. DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2008.2008719.

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Modern synthetic aperture radars (SARs) are equipped with active phased array antennas to electronically generate various antenna beams. The TerraSAR-X satellite is a high resolution SAR system launched in June 2007. Its active phased array X-band antenna hosts 384 transmit/receive modules (TRMs) for controlling the electronic beam steering in azimuth and elevation direction. The precise modeling of the antenna performance is only possible if the actual characteristics of each individual TRM are monitored. TerraSAR-X has been equipped with an innovative characterization mode based on a coding technique, which is the so-called pseudonoise gating method. The individual and simultaneous characterization of all TRMs is realized under most realistic conditions with power supply loads like in nominal radar operation. For the first time, this novel technique has been applied on a spaceborne SAR system.

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Title:An Efficient Method for Performance Monitoring of Active Phased Array Antennas
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Bräutigam, BenjaminUNSPECIFIED
Schwerdt, MarcoUNSPECIFIED
Bachmann, MarkusUNSPECIFIED
Date:April 2009
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 1236-1243
Keywords:Active phased array antenna, internal calibration, synthetic aperture radar (SAR), TerraSAR-X, transmit/receive modules (TRMs)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Projekt TerraSAR-X Kalibration und Projektunterstützung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute
Microwaves and Radar Institute > Spaceborne SAR Systems
Deposited By: Benjamin Bräutigam
Deposited On:06 Apr 2009
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 20:34

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