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Title: Bistatic SAR: Signal Processing and Image Formation.

Abstract

This report describes the significant processing steps that were used to take the raw recorded digitized signals from the bistatic synthetic aperture RADAR (SAR) hardware built for the NCNS Bistatic SAR project to a final bistatic SAR image. In general, the process steps herein are applicable to bistatic SAR signals that include the direct-path signal and the reflected signal. The steps include preprocessing steps, data extraction to for a phase history, and finally, image format. Various plots and values will be shown at most steps to illustrate the processing for a bistatic COSMO SkyMed collection gathered on June 10, 2013 on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (NA-20)
OSTI Identifier:
1159449
Report Number(s):
SAND2014-18347
537912
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Wahl, Daniel E., and Yocky, David A. Bistatic SAR: Signal Processing and Image Formation.. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.2172/1159449.
Wahl, Daniel E., & Yocky, David A. Bistatic SAR: Signal Processing and Image Formation.. United States. doi:10.2172/1159449.
Wahl, Daniel E., and Yocky, David A. Wed . "Bistatic SAR: Signal Processing and Image Formation.". United States. doi:10.2172/1159449. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1159449.
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year = {Wed Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 2014},
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