Passive SAR satellite system (PASSAT): first airborne trials

George Atkinson, Alp Sayin, Craig Underwood, Mike Cherniakov, Michail Antoniou

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This paper presents progress made on the development and execution of an airborne experimental campaign, conducted as part of the ongoing investigation into the passive SAR satellite (PASSAT) concept. The proposed system uses terrestrial digital television broadcasting stations as illuminators of opportunity while the receivers are based on low-cost, nano-satellite platforms on low earth orbit. A hardware demonstrator was developed and mounted on an airborne platform and was used to image a rural area. The first airborne SAR image results are presented, as well as a point spread function analysis which validates the demonstrator and the image formation algorithms used.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 20th International Radar Symposium (IRS)
EditorsPeter Knott
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-7369-9860-5, 978-3-7369-9904-6 (USB)
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-0421-8 (PoD)
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2019
EventThe International Radar Symposium IRS 2019 - Ulm, Germany
Duration: 26 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameInternational Radar Symposium (IRS), proceedings
ISSN (Print)2155-5745
ISSN (Electronic)2155-5753


ConferenceThe International Radar Symposium IRS 2019


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