A Geosynchronous SAR Constellation for Mid-Latitude Continuous Observation
Conference: EUSAR 2018 - 12th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
06/04/2018 - 06/07/2018 at Aachen, Germany
Proceedings: EUSAR 2018
Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDFPersonal VDE Members are entitled to a 10% discount on this title
Huang, Lijia; Ding, Chibiao; Zhang, Hongyi; Qiu, Xiaolan; Han, Bing (Institute of Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
The geosynchronous (GEO) SAR has become a focus of research in next generation spaceborne SAR development. In this paper, a novel GEO SAR constellation is designed, where the satellite orbit plane overlaps with the equatorial plane. It consists of several satellites evenly distributed in longitude. Each satellite rotates at the same speed as the Earth but in the opposite direction from east to west. This constellation has better capability of continuously observing mid-latitude region and also has advantages in the contexts of synthetic aperture time shortening and azimuth variance property reduction.