Focusing High-Resolution Highly-Squinted Airborne SAR Data with Maneuvers

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Original languageEnglish
Article number862
Journal / PublicationRemote Sensing
Issue number6
Online published1 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018



Maneuvers provide flexibility for high-resolution highly-squinted (HRHS) airborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging and also mean complex signal properties in the echoes. In this paper, considering the curved path described by the fifth-order motion parameter model, effects of the third- and higher-order motion parameters on imaging are analyzed. The results indicate that the spatial variations distributed in range, azimuth, and height directions, have great impacts on imaging qualities, and they should be eliminated when designing the focusing approach. In order to deal with this problem, the spatial variations are decomposed into three main parts: range, azimuth, and cross-coupling terms. The cross-coupling variations are corrected by polynomial phase filter, whereas the range and azimuth terms are removed via Stolt mapping. Different from the traditional focusing methods, the cross-coupling variations can be removed greatly by the proposed approach. Implementation considerations are also included. Simulation results prove the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

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  • high-resolution, highly-squinted, maneuvers, fifth-order motion parameter model, spatial variation

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