BalSAR: A Stratospheric Balloon-Borne SAR System

Marco Martorella*, Elias Aboutanios

*Corresponding author for this work

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Surveillance systems are continuously employed for both military and civilian applications, including homeland security and border protection, which are two main concerns to NATO and in particular to the Science for Peace and Security (SPS) programme. Several platforms and systems, developed in past years, have turned into surveillance systems that are currently used in such scenarios. This paper describes a high-altitude balloon-borne synthetic aperture radar (BALSAR) system, which is currently under development as part of a NATO funded project within the SPS programme. Such a system will be able to perform surveillance tasks by acquiring radar data, forming SAR images and using them to extract valuable information.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNATO Science for Peace and Security Series B
Subtitle of host publicationPhysics and Biophysics
PublisherSpringer Vieweg
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameNATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics
ISSN (Print)1874-6500
ISSN (Electronic)1874-6535

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, Springer Nature B.V.


  • Airborne surveillance
  • High-altitude platform
  • Stratospheric balloon
  • Synthetic aperture radar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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