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12 January 2004 Current status of the development of an Italian airborne SAR system (MINISAR)
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MINISAR is a compact airborne interferometric SAR potentially suitable for many applications but mainly finalized for the production of technical topographic maps and monitoring the evolution of landslides events and assessing their extension and risk area. The program is co-funded by the Italian Ministry for Education, Universities and Research (M.I.U.R.) The hardware consists in an airborne X-band radar, able to obtain a resolution less than a meter (because of a 280 MHz stepped chirp signal) and an altimetric accuracy less than 7 meters. Such an accuracy derives from an equivalent 1.5 meters baseline and the high gain antennas that let MINISAR to use a transmitted power of only 80 W. The system will be mounted on board of a small platform and it is thought to have future development for unmanned platform. Data will be processed using a chirp scaling algorithm in order to obtain the two Single Look Complex (SLC) images which can be then processed to obtain high accuracy Digital Elevation Model (DEM).
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Giovanni Alberti, Luigi Citarella, Luca Ciofaniello, Roberto Fusco, Giovanni Galiero, Aurelio Minoliti, Antonio Moccia, Marco Sacchettino, and Giuseppe Salzillo "Current status of the development of an Italian airborne SAR system (MINISAR)", Proc. SPIE 5236, SAR Image Analysis, Modeling, and Techniques VI, (12 January 2004);

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