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First Bistatic Spaceborne SAR Experiments with TanDEM-X

Rodriguez-Cassola, Marc and Prats, Pau and Schulze, Daniel and Tous-Ramon, Nuria and Steinbrecher, Ulrich and Marotti, Luca and Nannini, Matteo and Younis, Marwan and Lopez-Dekker, Paco and Zink, Manfred and Reigber, Andreas and Krieger, Gerhard and Moreira, Alberto (2012) First Bistatic Spaceborne SAR Experiments with TanDEM-X. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 9 (1), pp. 33-37. IEEE. DOI: 10.1109/LGRS.2011.2158984. ISBN 1545-598X.

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Abstract

TanDEM-X is a high-resolution interferometric mission with the main goal of providing a global and unprecedentedly accurate digital elevation model (DEM) of the Earth surface by means of single-pass X-band SAR interferometry. Despite its usual quasi-monostatic configuration, TanDEM-X is the first genuinely bistatic SAR system in space. During its monostatic commissioning phase, the system has been mainly operated in pursuit monostatic mode. However, some pioneering bistatic SAR experiments with both satellites commanded in non-nominal modes have been conducted with the main purpose of validating the performance of both space and ground segments in very demanding scenarios. In particular, this letter reports about the first bistatic acquisition and the first single-pass interferometric (mono/bistatic) acquisition with TanDEM-X, addressing their innovative aspects and focussing on the analysis of the experimental results. Even in the absence of essential synchronisation and calibration information, bistatic images and interferograms with similar quality to pursuit monostatic have been obtained.

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Title:First Bistatic Spaceborne SAR Experiments with TanDEM-X
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Rodriguez-Cassola, MarcUNSPECIFIED
Prats, PauUNSPECIFIED
Schulze, DanielUNSPECIFIED
Tous-Ramon, NuriaUNSPECIFIED
Steinbrecher, UlrichUNSPECIFIED
Marotti, LucaUNSPECIFIED
Nannini, MatteoUNSPECIFIED
Younis, MarwanUNSPECIFIED
Lopez-Dekker, PacoUNSPECIFIED
Zink, ManfredUNSPECIFIED
Reigber, AndreasUNSPECIFIED
Krieger, GerhardUNSPECIFIED
Moreira, AlbertoUNSPECIFIED
Date:January 2012
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:9
DOI:10.1109/LGRS.2011.2158984
Page Range:pp. 33-37
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Gamba, Paolopaolo.gamba@unipv.it
Publisher:IEEE
ISBN:1545-598X
Status:Published
Keywords:TanDEM-X, spaceborne SAR missions, bistatic radar, bistatic SAR processing, time and phase synchronisation, radar interferometry
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 TanDEM-X (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > Radar Concepts
Microwaves and Radar Institute > Spaceborne SAR Systems
Microwaves and Radar Institute > SAR Technology
Deposited By: Marc Rodriguez Cassola
Deposited On:13 Jul 2012 14:00
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 21:42

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