Remote Sens. 2010, 2(3), 717-739; doi:10.3390/rs2030717

Near-Space Microwave Radar Remote Sensing: Potentials and Challenge Analysis

1,2,* email, 1email and 1email
Received: 16 November 2009; in revised form: 11 January 2010 / Accepted: 26 January 2010 / Published: 9 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microwave Remote Sensing)
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract: Near-space, defined as the region between 20 km and 100 km, offers many new capabilities that are not accessible to low earth orbit (LEO) satellites and airplanes, because it is above storm and not constrained by either the orbital mechanics of satellites or the high fuel consumption of airplanes. By placing radar transmitter/receiver in near-space platforms, many functions that are currently performed with satellites or airplanes could be performed in a cheaper way. Inspired by these advantages, this paper introduces several near-space vehicle-based radar configurations, such as near-space passive bistatic radar and high-resolution wide-swath (HRWS) synthetic aperture radar (SAR). Their potential applications, technical challenges and possible solutions are investigated. It is shown that near-space is a satisfactory solution to some specific remote sensing applications. Firstly, near-space passive bistatic radar using opportunistic illuminators offers a solution to persistent regional remote sensing, which is particularly interest for protecting homeland security or monitoring regional environment. Secondly, near-space provides an optimal solution to relative HRWS SAR imaging. Moreover, as motion compensation is a common technical challenge for the described radars, an active transponder-based motion compensation is also described.
Keywords: near-space; microwave radar; remote sensing; passive radar; synthetic aperture radar; bistatic radar; motion compensation
PDF Full-text Download PDF Full-Text [465 KB, uploaded 19 June 2014 00:06 CEST]

Export to BibTeX |

MDPI and ACS Style

Wang, W.-Q.; Cai, J.; Peng, Q. Near-Space Microwave Radar Remote Sensing: Potentials and Challenge Analysis. Remote Sens. 2010, 2, 717-739.

AMA Style

Wang W-Q, Cai J, Peng Q. Near-Space Microwave Radar Remote Sensing: Potentials and Challenge Analysis. Remote Sensing. 2010; 2(3):717-739.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Wang, Wen-Qin; Cai, Jingye; Peng, Qicong. 2010. "Near-Space Microwave Radar Remote Sensing: Potentials and Challenge Analysis." Remote Sens. 2, no. 3: 717-739.

Remote Sens. EISSN 2072-4292 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert