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

ARESYS srl, Via Flumendosa 16, 20132 Milan, Italy
Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milan, Italy
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
Remote Sens. 2017, 9(7), 729;
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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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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