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An Integrated Radar Tile for Digital Beam Forming X/Ka Band Synthetic Aperture Radar Instruments

Arnieri, Emilio and Boccia, Luigi and Amendola, Giandomenico and Glisic, Srdjan and Mao, Chunxu and Gao, Stephen and Rommel, Tobias and Penkala, Piotr and Krstic, Milos and Yodprasit, Uroschanit and Ho, Anselm and Schrape, Oliver and Younis, Marwan (2019) An Integrated Radar Tile for Digital Beam Forming X/Ka Band Synthetic Aperture Radar Instruments. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, pp. 1-10. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. DOI: 10.1109/TMTT.2018.2889038 ISSN 0018-9480

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Abstract

This work presents the first experimental assessment of a highly integrated dual-band dual-polarized antenna tile designed for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Digital Beam Forming (DBF) satellite applications. The demonstrator described in this paper is the first comprehensive experimental validation of an RF module providing X- and Ka band (9.6 and 35.75 GHz) operation with custom down-conversion stages. All the antennas, transitions and down-conversion chips are integrated in the same antenna tile fabricated using a customized 15 layer High Density Interconnect (HDI) process. The designed tile goes to the limits of the proposed technology and for the high trace density and for the size of the vertical transitions. The proposed results represent the state of the art in terms of compactness for a DBF SAR RF module even though the demonstrator was manufactured with a standard low cost technology. The experimental assessment proves the validity of the proposed manufacturing and integration approaches showing a substantial agreement between the performance of the individual blocks and of the integrated system.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/124033/
Document Type:Article
Title:An Integrated Radar Tile for Digital Beam Forming X/Ka Band Synthetic Aperture Radar Instruments
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Arnieri, EmilioUniversity of CalabriaUNSPECIFIED
Boccia, LuigiUniversity of CalabriaUNSPECIFIED
Amendola, GiandomenicoUniversity of CalabriaUNSPECIFIED
Glisic, SrdjanSilicon Radar GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Mao, ChunxuUniversity of KentUNSPECIFIED
Gao, StephenUniversity of KentUNSPECIFIED
Rommel, TobiasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1864-7585
Penkala, PiotrEvatronix S.A.UNSPECIFIED
Krstic, MilosIHP GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Yodprasit, UroschanitSilicon Radar GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Ho, AnselmISISUNSPECIFIED
Schrape, OliverIHP GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Younis, MarwanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8563-7371
Date:11 January 2019
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1109/TMTT.2018.2889038
Page Range:pp. 1-10
Publisher:IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISSN:0018-9480
Status:Published
Keywords:Synthetic aperture radar, digital beam forming, antenna, integrated systems, small satellite
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 - Vorhaben Entwicklung eines Mini-SAR
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > SAR Technology
Deposited By: Rommel, Tobias
Deposited On:10 Dec 2018 07:41
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:21

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