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Low-cost airborne synthetic aperture radar
Author(s): Samuel W. McCandless; Barton D. Huxtable; Christopher R. Jackson
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the rudiments of a design and implementation approach that will produce low-cost and quick turnaround airborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems including designs for remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs). The concept is based on strict adherence to a discipline of simplicity in application boundary definition, the corresponding design that follows, extension of this core of simplicity through the build and test cycle and continuation of this theme when system modification and upgrades are considered. As this paper points out, the tenets for low-cost development of SAR systems are not new. Indeed, several such developments validate the guidelines advocated in this paper. The crux of this end-to-end development simplicity is to minimize the functions assigned to the on-board radar systems, transferring them to less expensive ground-based information processing assets that will perform motion compensation, image signal processing and target identification/classification. This cause limitations in the applications sheath of the airborne system, but in many cases this is an acceptable compromise.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3069, Automatic Target Recognition VII, (23 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.277105
Show Author Affiliations
Samuel W. McCandless, User Systems, Inc. (United States)
Barton D. Huxtable, User Systems, Inc. (United States)
Christopher R. Jackson, User Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3069:
Automatic Target Recognition VII
Firooz A. Sadjadi, Editor(s)

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