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Chosen results of field tests of synthetic aperture radar system installed on board UAV
Author(s): Piotr Kaniewski; Wojciech Komorniczak; Czeslaw Lesnik; Jacek Cyrek; Piotr Serafin; Michal Labowski; Bronislaw Wajszczyk
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Paper Abstract

The paper presents a synthetic information on a UAV-based radar terrain imaging system, its purpose, structure and working principle as well as terrain images obtained from flight experiments. A SAR technology demonstrator has been built as a result of a research project conducted by the Military University of Technology and WB Electronics S.A. under the name WATSAR. The developed system allows to obtain high resolution radar images, both in on-line and off-line modes, independently of the light conditions over the observed area. The software developed for the system allows to determine geographic coordinates of the imaged objects with high accuracy. Four LFM-CW radar sensors were built during the project: two for S band and two for Ku band, working with different signal bandwidths. Acquired signals were processed with the TDC algorithm, which allowed for a number of analyses in order to evaluate the performance of the system. The impact of the navigational corrections on a SAR image quality was assessed as well. The research methodology of the in-flight experiments of the system is presented in the paper. The projects results show that the developed system may be implemented as an aid to tactical C4ISR systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 2017
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10418, XI Conference on Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare Systems, 104180P (20 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2269101
Show Author Affiliations
Piotr Kaniewski, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Wojciech Komorniczak, WB Electronics S.A. (Poland)
Czeslaw Lesnik, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Jacek Cyrek, WB Electronics S.A. (Poland)
Piotr Serafin, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Michal Labowski, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Bronislaw Wajszczyk, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10418:
XI Conference on Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare Systems
Jerzy Lopatka, Editor(s)

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