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Multiresolution FOPEN SAR image formation
Author(s): Robert C. DiPietro; Ronald L. Fante; Richard P. Perry; Mehrdad Soumekh; Laurens D. Tromp
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a new technique for FOPEN SAR (foliage penetration synthetic aperture radar) image formation of Ultra Wideband UHF radar data. Planar Subarray Processing (PSAP) has successfully demonstrated the capability of forming multi- resolution images for X and Ka band radar systems under MITRE IR&D and the DARPA IBC program. We have extended the PSAP algorithm to provide the capability to form strip map, multi- resolution images for Ultra Wideband UHF radar systems. The PSAP processing can accommodate very large SAR integration angles and the resulting very large range migration. It can also accommodate long coherent integration times and wide swath coverage. Major PSAP algorithm features include: multiple SAR sub-arrays providing different look angles at the same image area that can enable man-made target responses to be distinguished from other targets and clutter by their angle dependent specular characteristics, the capability to provide a full resolution image in these and other selected areas without the processing penalty of full resolution in non required areas, and the capability to include angle-dependent motion compensation within the image formation process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 August 1999
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 3721, Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery VI, (13 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.357635
Show Author Affiliations
Robert C. DiPietro, MITRE Corp. (United States)
Ronald L. Fante, MITRE Corp. (United States)
Richard P. Perry, MITRE Corp. (United States)
Mehrdad Soumekh, SUNY/Buffalo (United States)
Laurens D. Tromp, MITRE Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3721:
Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery VI
Edmund G. Zelnio, Editor(s)

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