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Special Issue "First Experiences with Chinese Gaofen-3 SAR Sensor"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Remote Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Qingjun Zhang

China Academy of Space Technology, Beijing Institute of Space System Engineering, Beijing 100086, China
Phone: +86(0) 10 68747112
Interests: satellite system design; microwave remote sensing technology
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Zhenhong Li

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, United Kingdom
Website | E-Mail
Phone: +44 (0) 191 208 5704
Interests: synthetic aperture radar (SAR); interferometric SAR (InSAR); multi-GNSS; time series, digital elevation model (DEM), geohazards, geodetic inversion, precision agriculture
Guest Editor
Prof. Yunkai Deng

Institute of Electrics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
Phone: +86(0) 10 58887012
Interests: microwave remote sensing theory; radar system and signal processing
Guest Editor
Prof. Guisheng Liao

Xidian University, Shaanxi 710071, China
Phone: +86(0) 29 88201030
Interests: array signal processing; signal detection and estimation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Chinese Gaofen-3 (GF-3) satellite was launched on 10 August, 2016, by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), and has been in operation since January, 2017. With its C‑band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensor, featuring a large radar antenna that is 15 m in length, GF-3 is able to image the Earth’s surface in all weather conditions, regardless of whether it is day or night. Circling the Earth in a sun-synchronous dusk-dawn orbit at 755 km in altitude, GF-3 can operate in 12 different working modes, from high-resolution (1 m) to extremely-wide-swath (650 km), from single to full polarization. Due to its wide incidence angles and both-sidelooking capability, GF-3 has a quick site access time of 3.5 days at most (1.5 day at 90% probability) to any point of the Earth.

Submissions are encouraged to cover a broad range of topics, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Mission status and planned/operational products
  • Satellite System Design/Manufacture
  • Calibration and validation activities of Gaofen-3 and instrument characteristics
  • Status of collaborative ground segments (CGS)
  • SAR polarimetry
  • SAR interferometry
  • Marine and maritime applications
  • Land cover/Land use
  • Geohazards and disaster monitoring
  • Critical infrastructure surveillance
  • Target detection
  • Tools, toolboxes and algorithms for analyzing Gaofen-3 data

Prof. Qingjun Zhang
Prof. Zhenhong Li
Prof. Yunkai Deng
Prof. Guisheng Liao
Guest Editors

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  • Gaofen-3
  • Calibration and Validation
  • Satellite System Design
  • SAR
  • Quantitative remote sensing
  • Multi-polarisation
  • SAR applications

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