Ship Detection with Spaceborne Multi-channel SAR/GMTI Radars

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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Cerutti-Maori, Delphine (Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques (FHR), Wachtberg, Germany)
Sikaneta, Ishuwa; Gierull, Christoph (Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC), Ottawa, Canada)

This paper presents a new approach for detecting ships from a spaceborne multi-channel SAR/GMTI radar. The ship detection is based on a combination of conventional SAR processing and multi-channel SAR/GMTI processing. While large vessels with high RCS (Radar Cross Section) can be successfully detected with a single-channel SAR, small moving ships with low RCS are hidden by the sea clutter returns and can not be directly detected. Multi-channel adaptive processing like ISTAP (Imaging Space-Time Adaptive Processing) [1] or EDPCA (Extended Displaced Phase Center Antenna) [2] enables efficient cancellation of the interfering sea clutter and detection of the moving vessels.