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Sensors 2017, 17(11), 2683; doi:10.3390/s17112683

First Spaceborne SAR-GMTI Experimental Results for the Chinese Gaofen-3 Dual-Channel SAR Sensor

National Key Laboratory of Radar Signal Processing, Xidian University, Shaanxi 710071, China
Beijing Institute of Spacecraft System Engineering, China Academy of Space Technology, Beijing 100094, China
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Received: 3 September 2017 / Revised: 16 November 2017 / Accepted: 16 November 2017 / Published: 21 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue First Experiences with Chinese Gaofen-3 SAR Sensor)
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In spaceborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensors, it is a challenging task to detect ground slow-moving targets against strong clutter background with limited spatial channels and restricted pulse repetition frequency (PRF). In this paper, we evaluate the image-based dual-channel SAR-ground moving target indication (SAR-GMTI) workflow for the Gaofen-3 SAR sensor and analyze the impact of strong azimuth ambiguities on GMTI when the displaced phase center antenna (DPCA) condition is not fully satisfied, which has not been demonstrated yet. An effective sliding window design technique based on system parameters analysis is proposed to deal with azimuth ambiguities and reduce false alarm. In the SAR-GMTI experiments, co-registration, clutter suppression, constant false alarm rate (CFAR) detector, vector velocity estimation and moving target relocation are analyzed and discussed thoroughly. With the real measured data of the Gaofen-3 dual-channel SAR sensor, the GMTI capability of this sensor is demonstrated and the effectiveness of the proposed method is verified. View Full-Text
Keywords: Gaofen-3; SAR-GMTI; azimuth ambiguity; clutter suppression; vector velocity estimation Gaofen-3; SAR-GMTI; azimuth ambiguity; clutter suppression; vector velocity estimation

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Wang, C.; Liao, G.; Zhang, Q. First Spaceborne SAR-GMTI Experimental Results for the Chinese Gaofen-3 Dual-Channel SAR Sensor. Sensors 2017, 17, 2683.

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