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Perspectives for future SAR Antenna Developement

Keydel, Wolfgang (2007) Perspectives for future SAR Antenna Developement. Wave Propagation in Communication, Microwaves Systems and Navigation (WFMN), 2007-07-04 - 2007-07-05, Chemnitz (Germany).



Goal of the paper is to present the expected development of future antennas for space borne SAR based on the state-of-the-art and to point out under that aspect some perspectives and visions for future space borne SAR systems. Future space borne SAR systems will consist mainly of the antenna with a small number of peripheral elements only, like solar cells, GPS, power supply, downlink equipment etc.. The present spaceborne SAR Antenna will mutate to a complete Antenna SAR that means a SAR which is primary an antenna where all radar components inclusive the AD-Converter and the image processing computer are integrated. A substantial step to an Antenna-SAR is the expected progress in miniaturization shown in a respective roadmap. The miniaturization will drastically reduce the mass and volume of the antenna including the RF system down to 10 % of the today’s value. Ultra-light-weight antennas with large structural components, such as deployable or inflatable booms, and membranes with very low power consumption will be available during the next decade. For a senor fleet in space consisting of many satellites in a well known and controlled formation flight each satellite receiver (and transmitter respectively) may be considered as a single element of a very large DBF-Array. For airborne SAR the antenna dimensions are limited due to the size and shape of the platform. Here digital beam forming allows to form small sub arrays to a conformal array, a so called smart skin. For the next two decades broadband arrays are expected which are able to share between SAR, other radars, forward looking radar for example, electronic support as well as electronic countermeasures, and communication purposes. This will increase the effectiveness and the applicability of future SAR systems by reducing the overall mass, volume, and cost which are indispensable requirements for the future.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/50074/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Perspectives for future SAR Antenna Developement
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:4 July 2007
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:p. 27
Series Name:Proceedings of WFMN 2007
Keywords:Spaceborne SAR antenna, volume and mass reduction, SAR array, future SAR systems, sensor web, sensor fleet, digital beam forming applications, Moore's Law
Event Title:Wave Propagation in Communication, Microwaves Systems and Navigation (WFMN)
Event Location:Chemnitz (Germany)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2007-07-04 - 2007-07-05
Organizer:ITG (VDE)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Flugzeug-SAR (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute
Deposited By: Fischer, Jens
Deposited On:25 Feb 2008
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:20

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