Planning tool for SAR missions

Conference: EUSAR 2018 - 12th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
06/04/2018 - 06/07/2018 at Aachen, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2018

Pages: 6Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Magnard, Christophe; Wegmueller, Urs; Werner, Charles (GAMMA Remote Sensing AG, Switzerland)
Bonvin, Frederic (armasuisse W+T, Switzerland)
Meier, Erich H. (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

A methodology was developed to assist in the planning of SAR acquisitions, supported by a user-friendly software. Using sensor parameters, the position and topography of the region of interest, and a proposed flight path, this planning tool simulates backscatter images, maps of scattering characteristics and image quality parameters such as the local incidence angle and the noise equivalent sigma0. It produces flight and ground profiles and lists of key parameters. These outputs inform about expected SAR image characteristics and can be employed for optimization of the planning. Using this tool, a non-specialist can perform a robust planning of SAR acquisitions.