SAR Instrument Pre-development Activities for SAOCOM-CS

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

Tagungsband: EUSAR 2016

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Gebert, Nicolas; Carnicero Dominguez, Bernardo; Diaz Martin, Marina (ESA ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands)
Di Salvo, Elia; Temussi, Francesca; Giove, Paolo Valerio (Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A., Via Saccomuro 24, 00131 Rome, Italy)
Gibbons, Mike; Phelps, Percy; Griffiths, Les (Airbus Defence and Space Ltd., Anchorage Road, Portsmouth, UK)

In preparation of potential future Earth observation Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) missions, the European Space Agency (ESA) is conducting instrument preparatory activities. This paper discusses the status of the on-going pre-developments for the L-band instrument of SAOCOM-CS which is a receive-only satellite, to be launched and to fly in formation with Argentina’s L-band SAR satellite SAOCOM, which acts as an illuminator. This would enable for the first time single-pass SAR interferometry at L-band. This paper presents the status of the predevelopment of the Central Electronics and the Antenna front-end of SAOCOM-CS.