Calibration Concept for Weakly-Synchronised SAR Companion Missions: ESA’s SAOCOM/CS case

Konferenz: EUSAR 2016 - 11th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
06.06.2016 - 09.06.2016 in Hamburg, Germany

Tagungsband: EUSAR 2016

Seiten: 4Sprache: EnglischTyp: PDF

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Rodriguez-Cassola, Marc; Prats-Iraola, Pau; Nannini, Matteo; Lopez-Dekker, Paco; Moreira, Alberto (German Aerospace Center, Germany)
Carnicero Dominguez, Bernardo (European Space Agency, The Netherlands)

Companion SAR missions offer a cost-effective solution to boost the performance and capabilities of existing SAR missions. In particular, a whole suite of coherent single-pass observations become feasible, allowing for the interferometric and tomographic exploitation of the received data. Interferometric and tomographic measurements are however very sensitive to even the slightest degradations in the phase of the received data, and impose stringent requirements on the calibration concept of the mission. Weakly-synchronised companion SAR missions may have significant residual clock errors, which challenge the attainment of this requirements. We put forward an innovative calibration concept based on autonomous (data-based) calibration at different product levels and present an estimation of the expected performance for ESA’s SAOCOM/CS mission.