Development of the Multichannel Interferometric Ka-Band Airborne SAR Instrument (KaSAR)

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

Proceedings: EUSAR 2018

Pages: 5Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Speziali, Filippo; Trampuz, Christian; Hendriks, L.C. Izzy; Meta, Adriano (MetaSensing B.V., The Netherlands)
Placidi, Simone (MetaSensing AP Pte Ltd, Singapore)
Ludwig, Michael (ESA-ESTEC, The Netherlands)

MetaSensing is developing a novel, compact, and transportable single-pass interferometric airborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) at Ka-band with the dedicated processor capable of providing data for Level-2 retrievals within the framework of a project for the European Space Agency (KaSAR). The main objective of the KaSAR instrument is to mimic and emulate a satellite instrument, keeping in mind observation parameters which can be scaled to a potential satellite mission in future Earth Explorer programs. The system will be used to exploit the advantages of mm-wavelength technology for Earth Observation in different applications. This paper deals with the system design, instrument performance, processor, and a preliminary test campaign preparation.