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A drone carried multichannel Synthetic Aperture Radar for advanced buried object detection

Dill, Stephan and Schreiber, Eric and Engel, Marius and Heinzel, Andreas and Peichl, Markus (2019) A drone carried multichannel Synthetic Aperture Radar for advanced buried object detection. In: 2017 IEEE Radar Conference, RadarConf 2017. IEEE. Radar Conference 2019, 2019-04-22 - 2019-04-26, Boston, MA, USA. doi: 10.1109/RADAR.2019.8835814. ISBN 978-1-7281-1679-2. ISSN 2375-5318.

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Official URL: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8835814


The great innovations of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology during the past years stimulated new applications in several areas. While in the past SAR was primarily operated for airborne and spaceborne applications, novel operations for quite low altitude like surveillance of cities, local agricultural applications, or even buried object detection, are of new interest. For such operations the well-known and established SAR system concepts should apply similarly, while the technology has to be transferred to the state of the art and new platforms like UAVs or drones. The paper addresses the special concept for a SAR to detect buried mines. It combines a novel DLR approach based on multistatic observation with the capability to create nearly arbitrary azimuth sampling trajectories. By providing very high resolution it is possible to even identify man-made objects like landmines in the SAR image by their spatial radar-cross section (RCS) distribution. These capabilities allow advanced detection capabilities and satisfy the ultimate demand for buried object identification, both being great improvement in landmine detection and related activities. Beside this concept the paper addresses the development of a lightweight multimode UHF-UWB (Ultra high frequency – Ultra wide band) radar module for drone based operation. The development was focused on a compact design, easy to maintain, low power consumption and low radar system weight including antennas, data acquisition and a drone independent power supply. Main development steps and laboratory measurement results are presented in order to confirm the radar module performance.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/126017/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:A drone carried multichannel Synthetic Aperture Radar for advanced buried object detection
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Dill, StephanStephan.Dill (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6048-1107
Schreiber, Ericeric.schreiber (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Engel, MariusMarius.Engel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Heinzel, Andreasandreas.heinzel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Peichl, MarkusMarkus.Peichl (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0226-9786
Date:16 September 2019
Journal or Publication Title:2017 IEEE Radar Conference, RadarConf 2017
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.1109/RADAR.2019.8835814
Series Name:2019 IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf)
Keywords:synthetic aperture radar, SAR, UAV, drone, ground penetrating radar, UHF, UWB, leightweight, landmine, detection, buried object, FMCW, SFCW
Event Title:Radar Conference 2019
Event Location:Boston, MA, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2019-04-22 - 2019-04-26
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 - Security-relevant Earth Observation
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > Reconnaissance and Security
Deposited By: Dill, Stephan
Deposited On:18 Jan 2019 08:43
Last Modified:11 Nov 2019 14:25

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