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Title: The Rapid Terrain Visualization interferometric synthetic aperture radar sensor.

The Rapid Terrain Visualization interferometric synthetic aperture radar was designed and built at Sandia National Laboratories as part of an Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) to 'demonstrate the technologies and infrastructure to meet the Army requirement for rapid generation of digital topographic data to support emerging crisis or contingencies.' This sensor is currently being operated by Sandia National Laboratories for the Joint Precision Strike Demonstration (JPSD) Project Office to provide highly accurate digital elevation models (DEMs) for military and civilian customers, both inside and outside of the United States. The sensor achieves better than DTED Level IV position accuracy in near real-time. The system is being flown on a deHavilland DHC-7 Army aircraft. This paper outlines some of the technologies used in the design of the system, discusses the performance, and will discuss operational issues. In addition, we will show results from recent flight tests, including high accuracy maps taken of the San Diego area.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
990432
Report Number(s):
SAND2003-2403C
TRN: US201020%%294
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Proposed for presentation at the SPIE's 48th Annual Meeting 2003 held August 3-8, 2003 in San Diego, CA.
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; RADAR; SENSORS; DESIGN; PERFORMANCE; INTERFEROMETRY; COMPLEX TERRAIN; SITE CHARACTERIZATION; MAPS; AIRCRAFT