Experimental Results of Passive SAR Imaging Using DVB-T Illuminators of Opportunity

Damian Gromek , Krzysztof Kulpa , Piotr Jerzy Samczyński


In this letter, pioneering experimental results of passive synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging are presented. The classical active SAR radar operates in monostatic geometry. The SAR sensor presented in this letter is a passive radar utilizing commercial Digital Video Broadcasting—Terrestrial transmitters as illuminators of opportunity. It works in a bistatic configuration, where the receiver is placed on a moving platform and the transmitter is placed on the ground and is stationary. The imaged scenes are stationary surfaces on Earth such as agriculture or urban areas, buildings, etc. In this letter, pioneering results of signal processing verified by a measurement campaign are presented. In the experiment, two synchronized passive radar receivers were mounted on a small airborne platform. The main goal of the presented experiment was to verify the possibility of ground imaging using passive SAR technology and validate previously presented theoretical results.
Author Damian Gromek ISE
Damian Gromek,,
- The Institute of Electronic Systems
, Krzysztof Kulpa ISE
Krzysztof Kulpa,,
- The Institute of Electronic Systems
, Piotr Jerzy Samczyński ISE
Piotr Jerzy Samczyński,,
- The Institute of Electronic Systems
Journal seriesIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, ISSN 1545-598X
Issue year2016
Pages1124 - 1128
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishBistatic SAR (BSAR), Digital Video Broadcasting- Terrestrial transmitters (DVB-T), passive SAR, passive radar, synthetic aperture radar (SAR)
URL http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/login.jsp?tp=&arnumber=7492308&url=http%3A%2F%2Fieeexplore.ieee.org%2Fxpls%2Fabs_all.jsp%3Farnumber%3D7492308
projectResearch on measurement, circuit and signal theory and electronic circuits and systems. Project leader: Romaniuk Ryszard, , Phone: +48 22 234 7986, +48 22 234 5360, start date 15-06-2015, end date 31-12-2016, ISE/2015/DS, Completed
WEiTI Działalność statutowa
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)30
ScoreMinisterial score = 30.0, 27-03-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 30.0, 27-03-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 2.761 (2) - 2016=2.899 (5)
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