ESA’s SAR Technology and Future Mission Concept Developments beyond Sentinel-1

Conference: EUSAR 2008 - 7th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
06/02/2008 - 06/05/2008 at Friedrichshafen, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2008

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Lin, Chung-Chi; Hélière, Florence; Bensi, Paolo; Thompson, Alan; Aguirre, Miguel; Buck, Christopher; Ludwig, Michael; Süss, Martin; Gallou, Nicolas le; Aloisio, Marinella; Mangenot, Cyril; Klooster, Kees van ‘t; Rinous, Peter; Prowald, Julian Santiago; Rommen, Björn; Floury, Nicolas; Wielders, Arno (ESTEC, European Space Agency, The Netherlands)

This paper presents an overview of ESA’s on-going technology and mission concept developments for future SAR missions beyond Sentinel-1. On the mission concept development side, six candidate Earth Explorer Core Mission ideas are studied at phase 0 level. Two of the candidates – BIOMASS and CoRe-H2O – are SAR mission ideas using observations at respectively P- and dual frequency X/Ku-bands, addressing fundamental Earth system science issues. The sounding of terrestrial and planetary ice-sheets is an area where some concerted effort is focussed for enabling future Earth observation and planetary missions. An airborne P-band ice sounding demonstrator has been developed for assessing the feasibility of various clutter cancellation techniques. On the technology development front, specific risk-retirement actions are described in the areas of antennas and highpower amplifiers.