Synthetic Aperture Radar
$1990 per person
This three-day class will first set the historical context of SAR by tracing the rapid development of radar technology from the early part of the twentieth century through the 1950s when the Synthetic Aperture Radar techniques were first developed and demonstrated. A technical description of the important mathematical relationships to radar and SAR will be presented. The student will learn what radar cross-section is and how it applies to traditional radar and SAR. Fundamental equations governing SAR performance such as the radar range equation, SAR resolution equations, and SAR signal-to-noise equations will be developed and presented. We will design a simple SAR system in class and derive its predicted performance and sensitivities. A complete description of SAR phenomenology will be provided so that the student will better be able to interpret SAR imagery. Connections between SAR’s unique image characteristics and information extraction will be presented. Perhaps the most important and interesting material will be presented in the advanced SAR sections. Here topics such as SAR polarimetry and interferometry will be presented, along with the latest applications of these technologies. Many examples will be presented.
InstructorsMr. Richard Carande. From 1986 to 1995 Mr. Carande was a group leader for a SAR processor development group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena California). There he was involved in developing an operational SAR processor for the JPL/NASA’s three-frequency, fully polarimetric AIRSAR system. Mr. Carande also worked as a System Engineer for the Alaska SAR Processor while at JPL, and performed research in the area of SAR Along-Track Interferometry. Before starting at JPL, Mr. Carande was employed by a technology company in California where he developed optical and digital SAR processors for internal research applications. Mr. Carande has a BS & MS in Physics from Case Western Reserve University.
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