A Spaceborne Ka-Band SAR Interferometer Concept based on Scan-on-Receive Techniques

Conference: EUSAR 2010 - 8th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
06/07/2010 - 06/10/2010 at Aachen, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2010

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Ludwig, Michael; D’Addio, Salvatore; Engel, Kilian; Aguirre, Miguel; Angevain, Jean Christophe; Saenz, Elena (European Space Agency, The Netherlands)

In the recent years, various spaceborne Ka-band concepts have been proposed, especially for conventional and wide swath interferometric altimetry. However, Ka-band would be attractive for across track SAR inter-ferometry as well, for applications in DEM generation or products requiring ground height information. Due to its short wavelength Ka-band could allow reasonable baselines lengths for interferometry from a single platform. For this mission scenario the paper presents in a first approach a possible mechanical and electrical configura-tion and the associated performance of a Ka-band high resolution single-pass InSAR instrument. The paper shows that the proposed configuration achieves similar performance of state-of-the-art multi satellites interfer-ometric SAR missions operating at lower frequency bands (i.e. TanDEM-X). In addition, the paper analyzes the impact of precipitation on the DEM height accuracy.