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FlexSAR, a high quality, flexible, cost effective, prototype SAR system
Author(s): Mark Jensen; Chad Knight; Brent Haslem
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Paper Abstract

The FlexSAR radar system was designed to be a high quality, low-cost, flexible research prototype instrument. Radar researchers and practitioners often desire the ability to prototype new or advanced configurations, yet the ability to enhance or upgrade existing radar systems can be cost prohibitive. FlexSAR answers the need for a flexible radar system that can be extended easily, with minimal cost and time expenditures. The design approach focuses on reducing the resources required for developing and validating new advanced radar modalities. Such an approach fosters innovation and provides risk reduction since actual radar data can be collected in the appropriate mode, processed, and analyzed early in the development process. This allows for an accurate, detailed understanding of the corresponding trade space. This paper is a follow-on to last years paper and discusses the advancements that have been made to the FlexSAR system. The overall system architecture is discussed and presented along with several examples illustrating the system utility.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9829, Radar Sensor Technology XX, 98290A (12 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2224951
Show Author Affiliations
Mark Jensen, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Chad Knight, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Brent Haslem, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9829:
Radar Sensor Technology XX
Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin Doerry, Editor(s)

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