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Polarization Capabilities and Status of TERRASAR-X

Hajnsek, Irena and Mittermayer, Josef and Papathanassiou, Kostas (2009) Polarization Capabilities and Status of TERRASAR-X. In: Proceedings of the International Workshop on Applications of Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry (Pol-InSAR). European Space Agency. International Workshop on Applications of Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry (Pol-InSAR), 2009-01-26 - 2009-01-03, Frascati, Italy.

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TerraSAR-X is the first German Radar satellite for scientific and commercial applications. The project is a public-private partnership between DLR and EADS Astrium GmbH. TerraSAR-X consists of a high resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar at X-Band. The radar antenna is based on active phased array technology that allows the control of many different instrument parameters and operational modes (Stripmap, ScanSAR and Spotlight) with various polarizations. The TerraSAR-X launch was the 15 June 2007. Only 4 days later the first image was delivered. The variety of TerraSAR-X polarization modes is reviewed and validation results of each mode are presented. The polarization modes include operational modes like dual-pol in Stripmap and Spotlight. Additionally there are experimental modes like twin polarization mode which is similar to the ASAR alternating polarization mode, or the full polarimetric mode which is realized in the TerraSAR-X Dual Receive Antenna configuration. The Dual Receiving Antenna Mode (DRA) of TerraSAR-X offers a high variety of interesting applications and experiments, e.g. along track interferometry, geometric resolution enhancement and especially the full polarimetric mode. In the DRA mode of TerraSAR-X, the complete antenna is used for transmission but in receive, the antenna is divided into two separate partitions in along track. The signals of both receiving antennas are recorded separately by exploiting the redundant receiver chain of the instrument. Both signals are not recorded separately but as sum and difference signal. This demands for special calibration in the reconstruction of fore and aft channel before SAR processing and has influence on the polarimetric performance. The paper provides a selection of TS-X images acquired in different polarization modes and thus demonstrates the polarimetric capabilities of TerraSAR-X. .

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/58393/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Polarization Capabilities and Status of TERRASAR-X
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:January 2009
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the International Workshop on Applications of Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry (Pol-InSAR)
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:European Space Agency
Keywords:Mission TerraSAR-X
Event Title:International Workshop on Applications of Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry (Pol-InSAR)
Event Location:Frascati, Italy
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:26 January 2009
Event End Date:3 January 2009
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 Prosmart, Smart-SAR (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > Radar Concepts
Microwaves and Radar Institute
Deposited By: Hajnsek, Dr.rer.nat. Irena
Deposited On:23 Mar 2009
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 19:23

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