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Synthetic aperture radar modeling for the Watchkeeper tactical UAV program
Author(s): Alistair D. Jolly; Peter Thompson
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Paper Abstract

Critical to the performance of any synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system is accurate compensation for aircraft motion during the imaging aperture. This is thought to be particularly important for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) operating in poor weather conditions where the aircraft may be subject to pronounced turbulence effects. This paper presents some initial findings of an investigation into the effects of aircraft motion on SAR azimuth point spread function for given levels of motion spectrum suppression as supplied by the radar's motion compensation processing. With validation, this approach will allow indicative levels of SAR performance to be estimated over a wide range of operating conditions and hence provides a useful source of advice when considering procurement options.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4744, Radar Sensor Technology and Data Visualization, (30 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.488279
Show Author Affiliations
Alistair D. Jolly, QinetiQ (United Kingdom)
Peter Thompson, Defence Science and Technology Lab. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4744:
Radar Sensor Technology and Data Visualization
Nickolas L. Faust; Nickolas L. Faust; James L. Kurtz; Robert Trebits, Editor(s)

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