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Emergency product generation for disaster management using RISAT and DMSAR quick look SAR processors
Author(s): Nilesh Desai; Ritesh Sharma; Saravana Kumar; Tapan Misra; Virendra Gujraty; SurinderSingh Rana
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Paper Abstract

Since last few years, ISRO has embarked upon the development of two complex Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) missions, viz. Spaceborne Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT) and Airborne SAR for Disaster Mangement (DMSAR), as a capacity building measure under country's Disaster Management Support (DMS) Program, for estimating the extent of damage over large areas (~75 Km) and also assess the effectiveness of the relief measures undertaken during natural disasters such as cyclones, epidemics, earthquakes, floods and landslides, forest fires, crop diseases etc. Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) has an unique role to play in mapping and monitoring of large areas affected by natural disasters especially floods, owing to its unique capability to see through clouds as well as all-weather imaging capability. The generation of SAR images with quick turn around time is very essential to meet the above DMS objectives. Thus the development of SAR Processors, for these two SAR systems poses considerable challenges and design efforts. Considering the growing user demand and inevitable necessity for a full-fledged high throughput processor, to process SAR data and generate image in real or near-real time, the design and development of a generic SAR Processor has been taken up and evolved, which will meet the SAR processing requirements for both Airborne and Spaceborne SAR systems. This hardware SAR processor is being built, to the extent possible, using only Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) DSP and other hardware plug-in modules on a Compact PCI (cPCI) platform. Thus, the major thrust has been on working out Multi-processor Digital Signal Processor (DSP) architecture and algorithm development and optimization rather than hardware design and fabrication. For DMSAR, this generic SAR Processor operates as a Quick Look SAR Processor (QLP) on-board the aircraft to produce real time full swath DMSAR images and as a ground based Near-Real Time high precision full swath Processor (NRTP). It will generate full-swath (6 to 75 Kms) DMSAR images in 1m / 3m / 5m / 10m / 30m resolution SAR operating modes. For RISAT mission, this generic Quick Look SAR Processor will be mainly used for browse product generation at NRSA-Shadnagar (SAN) ground receive station. RISAT QLP/NRTP is also proposed to provide an alternative emergency SAR product generation chain. For this, the S/C aux data appended in Onboard SAR Frame Format (x, y, z, x', y', z', roll, pitch, yaw) and predicted orbit from previous days Orbit Determination data will be used. The QLP / NRTP will produce ground range images in real / near real time. For emergency data product generation, additional Off-line tasks like geo-tagging, masking, QC etc needs to be performed on the processed image. The QLP / NRTP would generate geo-tagged images from the annotation data available from the SAR P/L data itself. Since the orbit & attitude information are taken as it is, the location accuracy will be poorer compared to the product generated using ADIF, where smoothened attitude and orbit are made available. Additional tasks like masking, output formatting and Quality checking of the data product will be carried out at Balanagar, NRSA after the image annotated data from QLP / NRTP is sent to Balanagar. The necessary interfaces to the QLP/NRTP for Emergency product generation are also being worked out. As is widely acknowledged, QLP/NRTP for RISAT and DMSAR is an ambitious effort and the technology of future. It is expected that by the middle of next decade, the next generation SAR missions worldwide will have onboard SAR Processors of varying capabilities and generate SAR Data products and Information products onboard instead of SAR raw data. Thus, it is also envisaged that these activities related to QLP/NRTP implementation for RISAT ground segment and DMSAR will be a significant step which will directly feed into the development of onboard real time processing systems for ISRO's future space borne SAR missions. This paper describes the design requirements, configuration details and salient features, apart from highlighting the utility of these Quick Look SAR processors for RISAT and DMSAR, for generation of emergency products for Disaster management.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6412, Disaster Forewarning Diagnostic Methods and Management, 64120G (15 December 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.697710
Show Author Affiliations
Nilesh Desai, Space Applications Ctr., ISRO (India)
Ritesh Sharma, Space Applications Ctr., ISRO (India)
Saravana Kumar, Space Applications Ctr., ISRO (India)
Tapan Misra, Space Applications Ctr., ISRO (India)
Virendra Gujraty, Space Applications Ctr., ISRO (India)
SurinderSingh Rana, Space Applications Ctr., ISRO (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6412:
Disaster Forewarning Diagnostic Methods and Management
Felix Kogan; Shahid Habib; V. S. Hegde; Masashi Matsuoka, Editor(s)

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