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Remote Sens. 2017, 9(7), 729; doi:10.3390/rs9070729

Pre-Flight SAOCOM-1A SAR Performance Assessment by Outdoor Campaign

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ARESYS srl, Via Flumendosa 16, 20132 Milan, Italy
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Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milan, Italy
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CONAE, Avda. Paseo Colon 751, 1063 Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Academic Editors: Timo Balz, Uwe Soergel, Mattia Crespi, Batuhan Osmanoglu, Daniele Riccio and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 23 May 2017 / Revised: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 12 July 2017 / Published: 14 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in SAR: Sensors, Methodologies, and Applications)
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Abstract

In the present paper, we describe the design, execution, and the results of an outdoor experimental campaign involving the Engineering Model of the first of the two Argentinean L-band Synthetic Aperture Radars (SARs) of the Satélite Argentino de Observación con Microondas (SAOCOM) mission, SAOCOM-1A. The experiment’s main objectives were to test the end-to-end SAR operation and to assess the instrument amplitude and phase stability as well as the far-field antenna pattern, through the illumination of a moving target placed several kilometers away from the SAR. The campaign was carried out in Bariloche, Argentina, during June 2016. The experiment was successful, demonstrating an end-to-end readiness of the SAOCOM-SAR functionality in realistic conditions. The results showed an excellent SAR signal quality in terms of amplitude and phase stability. View Full-Text
Keywords: SAR; pre-flight testing; SAR performance SAR; pre-flight testing; SAR performance
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Giudici, D.; Monti Guarnieri, A.; Cuesta Gonzalez, J.P. Pre-Flight SAOCOM-1A SAR Performance Assessment by Outdoor Campaign. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 729.

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