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On the Exploitation of CubeSats for Highly Accurate and Robust Single-Pass SAR Interferometry

Nogueira Peixoto, Maxwell and Krieger, Gerhard and Moreira, Alberto and Waldschmidt, Christian and Villano, Michelangelo (2023) On the Exploitation of CubeSats for Highly Accurate and Robust Single-Pass SAR Interferometry. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2023.3316895. ISSN 0196-2892.

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Highly accurate digital elevation models (DEMs) from spaceborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) interferometry are often affected by phase unwrapping errors. These errors can be resolved by the use of additional interferograms with different baselines, but this requires additional satellites in a single-pass configuration, resulting in higher cost and system complexity, or additional passes of the satellites, which affects mission planning and makes the system less suitable for monitoring fast-changing phenomena. This work proposes augmenting a bistatic SAR interferometer with one or more receive-only CubeSats, whose images are used to form an additional interferogram with a small baseline, making the system robust to unwrapping errors. In spite of the lower quality of the CubeSat images due to their small antenna aperture, this additional information can be used to detect and resolve phase unwrapping errors in the DEM without impacting its resolution or accuracy. A processing scheme for the phase unwrapping correction is presented along with a theoretical model for its performance. Finally, a design example is presented and discussed along with a simulation based on TanDEM-X data. It is also shown that CubeSat add-ons allow further increasing the baseline and thus improving the accuracy of DEMs. This concept represents a cost-effective solution for the generation of highly accurate, robust DEMs and paves the way to distributed SAR interferometric concepts based on CubeSats.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/197225/
Document Type:Article
Title:On the Exploitation of CubeSats for Highly Accurate and Robust Single-Pass SAR Interferometry
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Nogueira Peixoto, MaxwellUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4333-8012UNSPECIFIED
Krieger, GerhardUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4548-0285UNSPECIFIED
Moreira, AlbertoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3436-9653UNSPECIFIED
Waldschmidt, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2090-6136UNSPECIFIED
Villano, MichelangeloUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1769-6927UNSPECIFIED
Date:18 September 2023
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Keywords:Synthetic aperture radar interferometry; CubeSat; Phase unwrapping; TanDEM-X; Bistatic SAR; Multistatic SAR.
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 missions
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > Radar Concepts
Deposited By: Nogueira Peixoto, Maxwell
Deposited On:13 Sep 2023 09:54
Last Modified:07 Mar 2024 11:38

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