Wendler, M. and Krieger, G. and Horn, R. and Gabler, B. and Dubois-Fernandez, P. and Vaizan, B. and du Plessis, O. and Cantalloube, H. (2003) Results of a Bistatic Airborne SAR Experiment. In: IRS 2003 Proceedings, pp. 247-253. International Radar Symposium 2003, Dresden, 30. September bis 2. Oktober.
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Future spaceborne SAR systems will operate in bi- and multistatic configurations to gain more information of the illuminated region. Such additional information might be the extraction of bistatic radar cross section or the simultaneous scene acquisition from different bistatic angles. Furthermore, a considerable cost reduction can be achieved by applying one radar illuminator and several passive receivers. For the definition of such SAR configurations, a bistatic airborne SAR experiment is being accomplished between the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the French Office National dEtudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (ONERA) with their airborne SAR systems E-SAR and RAMSES. One of the two radar systems serves both as transmitter and receiver while the other is receiving the back-scattered radar echoes. This paper describes the flight configurations for the data takes of the bistatic airborne SAR experiment resulting in different bistatic angles on the ground. Their influence on the processed radar images is shown. Platform motions are analysed, e.g. with respect to the resulting common antenna footprint. A precise GPS time signal is used for the nonrecurring one-time synchronisation of both radar systems directly before data acquisition. To follow this strategy, several modifications have been implemented into the systems which are described in detail. This strategy permits a sufficient phase and timing stability of both the transmitted and received radar signals during the time of a radar data take. Finally, a preliminary processing algorithm for bistatic SAR data is introduced and the status of the resulting radar data processing is presented.
|Document Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Title:||Results of a Bistatic Airborne SAR Experiment|
|Journal or Publication Title:||IRS 2003 Proceedings|
|Page Range:||pp. 247-253|
|Keywords:||airborne SAR, bistatic SAR|
|Event Title:||International Radar Symposium 2003, Dresden, 30. September bis 2. Oktober|
|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):||UNSPECIFIED|
|Institutes and Institutions:||Microwaves and Radar Institute|
|Deposited By:||Michael Wendler|
|Deposited On:||16 Sep 2005|
|Last Modified:||06 Jan 2010 19:51|
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