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The feasibility of a multibeam delay/Doppler radar altimeter
Author(s): Shuangbao Yang; Zhisen Wang; Heguang Liu; Ke Xu
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Paper Abstract

Radar altimeter can map the global geoid with high precision. This paper presents a new concept of mutibeam delay/Doppler radar altimeter which combines a liner array of nadir receivers and a nadir transmitter. The delay/Doppler technology is applied in the along track, and the array signal processing technology in the cross track. The key innovation in this concept is that fan-beams form in both along track and across track, and range correction is applied in across track as in along track, so that it could provide high precision with wide swath. But the 3D-matrix store and processing of the raw data from receivers are much more complicated than a conventional radar altimeter and a delay/Doppler radar altimeter. The scheme is of obvious advantages. It could provide height profile with high precision for left scene and right scene, respectively, and leave small footprints at as far range as at near range. It could also lead to uniform cross section in each resolution cell.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7841, Sixth International Symposium on Digital Earth: Data Processing and Applications, 78410G (3 November 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.873210
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Shuangbao Yang, Ctr. for Space Science and Applied Research (China)
Zhisen Wang, Ctr. for Space Science and Applied Research (China)
Heguang Liu, Ctr. for Space Science and Applied Research (China)
Ke Xu, Ctr. for Space Science and Applied Research (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7841:
Sixth International Symposium on Digital Earth: Data Processing and Applications
Huadong Guo; Changlin Wang, Editor(s)

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