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Pathfinder radar development at Sandia National Laboratories
Author(s): Steven Castillo
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Paper Abstract

Since the invention of Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging in the 1950’s, users or potential users have sought to exploit SAR imagery for a variety of applications including the earth sciences and defense. At Sandia Laboratories, SAR Research and Development and associated defense applications grew out of the nuclear weapons program in the 1980’s and over the years has become a highly viable ISR sensor for a variety of tactical applications. Sandia SAR systems excel where real-­‐time, high-­‐resolution, all-­‐weather, day or night surveillance is required for developing situational awareness. This presentation will discuss the various aspects of Sandia’s airborne ISR capability with respect to issues related to current operational success as well as the future direction of the capability as Sandia seeks to improve the SAR capability it delivers into multiple mission scenarios. Issues discussed include fundamental radar capabilities, advanced exploitation techniques and human-­‐computer interface (HMI) challenges that are part of the advances required to maintain Sandia’s ability to continue to support ever changing and demanding mission challenges.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2016
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9829, Radar Sensor Technology XX, 98290T (12 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2225863
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Steven Castillo, Sandia National Labs. (United States)

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

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