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Compact time- and space-integrating SAR processor: design and development status
Author(s): Michael W. Haney; James J. Levy; Marc P. Christensen; Robert R. Michael; Michael M. Mock
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Paper Abstract

Progress toward a flight demonstration of the acousto-optic time- and space- integrating real-time SAR image formation processor program is reported. The concept overcomes the size and power consumption limitations of electronic approaches by using compact, rugged, and low-power analog optical signal processing techniques for the most computationally taxing portions of the SAR imaging problem. Flexibility and performance are maintained by the use of digital electronics for the critical low-complexity filter generation and output image processing functions. The results reported include tests of a laboratory version of the concept, a description of the compact optical design that will be implemented, and an overview of the electronic interface and controller modules of the flight-test system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2236, Transition of Optical Processing into Systems 1994, (17 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.178061
Show Author Affiliations
Michael W. Haney, George Mason Univ. (United States)
James J. Levy, BDM Federal, Inc. (United States)
Marc P. Christensen, BDM Federal, Inc. (United States)
Robert R. Michael, BDM Federal, Inc. (United States)
Michael M. Mock, Loral Defense Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2236:
Transition of Optical Processing into Systems 1994
David P. Casasent, Editor(s)

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