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Bistatic SAR Experiments with the TanDEM-X Constallation

Rodriguez-Cassola, Marc and Prats, Pau and Steinbrecher, Ulrich and Horn, Ralf and Nottensteiner, Anton and Schulze, Daniel and Keller, Martin and Pinheiro, Muriel and Zink, Manfred and Reigber, Andreas and Krieger, Gerhard and Moreira, Alberto (2012) Bistatic SAR Experiments with the TanDEM-X Constallation. In: Proceedings of IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), pp. 1-4. IEEE. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2012-07-22 - 2012-07-27, Munich, Germany.

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Launched in June 2010, TanDEM-X is an interferometric mission with the main goal of providing a high-resolution, global and unprecedentedly accurate digital elevation model (DEM) of the Earth 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 was operated in pursuit monostatic mode. During that time, some pioneering bistatic SAR experiments with both satellites commanded in non-nominal modes were conducted with the main purpose of testing the performance of both space and ground segments in very demanding scenarios. In particular, this article includes results of 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 interferogramswith similar quality to pursuitmonostatic have been obtained. Some months later, with TanDEM-X already in its operational DEM-acquisition phase a further challenging bistatic acquisition carried out in cooperation with DLR’s airborne radar F-SAR has been carried out. The objective was to acquire fully polarimetric interferometric data with a high range of available bistatic angles. A dedicated commanding of both TanDEM-X and F-SAR was required, including irregular sampling schemes, partially missing bistatic echo reception and bistatic synchronisation, which pose a number of technological challenges in SAR data processing before the calibrated bistatic SAR images are obtained. This article reports about these two set of experiments.

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Title:Bistatic SAR Experiments with the TanDEM-X Constallation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Rodriguez-Cassola, MarcUNSPECIFIED
Steinbrecher, UlrichUNSPECIFIED
Nottensteiner, AntonUNSPECIFIED
Schulze, DanielUNSPECIFIED
Pinheiro, MurielUNSPECIFIED
Reigber, AndreasUNSPECIFIED
Krieger, GerhardUNSPECIFIED
Moreira, AlbertoUNSPECIFIED
Date:24 July 2012
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1-4
Keywords:TanDEM-X, bistatic SAR
Event Title:IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Event Location:Munich, Germany
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2012-07-22 - 2012-07-27
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt TanDEM-X
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > Radar Concepts
Microwaves and Radar Institute
Microwaves and Radar Institute > Spaceborne SAR Systems
Microwaves and Radar Institute > SAR Technology
Deposited By: Marc Rodriguez Cassola
Deposited On:20 Jul 2012 17:32
Last Modified:08 May 2014 23:23

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