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Mission Considerations for Future MEO SAR Systems

Matar, Jalal and Rodriguez Cassola, Marc (2018) Mission Considerations for Future MEO SAR Systems. In: Proceedings of the European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar, EUSAR. 12th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar, 2018-06-05 - 2018-06-07, Aachen, Germany. ISSN 2197-4403.

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Low Earth Orbit Synthetic Aperture Radar (LEO SAR) systems, at altitudes below 1000 km, have a limitation in regard to their instantaneous coverage on Earth and their long revisit time to the areas of interest. A suggested way to overcome these limitations is to go towards higher orbital altitudes. Increasing orbital altitude towards medium Earth orbit (MEO) heights, at altitudes varying from 2000 to 35768 km, provides advantages with respect to spatial coverage, global temporal revisit times and communications infrastructure. This paper discusses various design aspects of MEO SAR missions. It presents the main challenges in performance and shows they can be overcome for moderate resolution systems. It then describes the ability of MEO SAR to provide global coverage in 1- to 2-day revisit or continental/oceanic coverage with multi-daily observations, making MEO SAR very attractive for future scientific missions with specific interferometric and polarimetric capabilities.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/119335/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Mission Considerations for Future MEO SAR Systems
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Matar, JalalUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5007-3713UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar, EUSAR
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:MEO SAR, orbits, coverage, system performance, radiation, synthetic aperture radar
Event Title:12th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
Event Location:Aachen, Germany
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2018-06-05 - 2018-06-07
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - SAR Expert Support Lab
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > Radar Concepts
Deposited By: Matar, Jalal
Deposited On:27 Jun 2018 08:13
Last Modified:24 Feb 2022 17:18

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