A noise based transmitter system for the HITCHHIKER project

Conference: EUSAR 2012 - 9th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
04/23/2012 - 04/26/2012 at Nuremberg, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2012

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Reuter, Simon; Behner, Florian; Nies, Holger; Loffeld, Otmar (Center for Sensorsystems (ZESS), University of Siegen, Paul-Bonatz-Strasse 9-11, 57076 Siegen, Germany)

The HITCHHIKER project was started in 2009 with the goal to develop a passive high resolution receiver system to perform a series of bistatic experiments using the German TerraSAR-X system as illuminator and demonstrating the feasibility of high resolution bistatic imaging with a stationary receiver. This paper describes valuable extensions augmenting the system to a fully functional bistatic one pass interferometer to acquire high resolution DEMs on the one hand and further integrating a modular and flexible high bandwidth transmitter component with a thermal noise based signal source for waveform generation to upgrade the system to a fully operational active bi- or monostatic (standalone) SAR sensor. A first experimental result with a noise based transmitter and the HITCHHIKER receiver and an outlook on upcoming experiments with this new system in 2012 completes the work.