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Multistatic synthetic aperture imaging of aircraft using reflected television signals
Author(s): Yong Wu; David C. Munson
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Paper Abstract

We investigate passive radar imaging of aircraft using reflected TV signals. Such passive multistatic ``radar'' has been developed to detect and track aircraft with good accuracy. The additional capability of image formation would help to identify targets. The Fourier space sampling provided by passive radar is nonuniform. For a given aircraft flight path, different receiver locations give rise to different sampling patterns. We simulate multistatic radar returns using Fast Illinois Solver Code (FISC) and show that a good sampling pattern can be used to form a recognizable target image using direct Fourier reconstruction. However, a bad sampling pattern can make it impossible to form a useful image. In the Gaithersburg, MD area, we can select a good receiver location using 21 or fewer channels, which provides good enough Fourier-space coverage to form a useful aircraft image.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 August 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4382, Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery VIII, (27 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.438197
Show Author Affiliations
Yong Wu, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)
David C. Munson, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4382:
Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery VIII
Edmund G. Zelnio, Editor(s)

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