Systems integration and environmental testing activities performed on the Space Exploration Synthetic Aperture Radar (SESAR)

Iban Ibanez Domenech, Rafael Rincon, Lynn Carter, Martin Perrine, Daniel Lu, Roger Banting, Cornelis Du Toit, Michael Choi, Peter Steigner, Kenneth Segal, Babak Farrokh, William Alberding, Tasneem Khan, George Nehmetallah

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Abstract

Digital Beamforming has gained significant importance in radar applications in the past years. It helps improve radar performance while reducing mass and power. Improving these figures becomes even more important for space applications. The Space Exploration Synthetic Aperture Radar (SESAR) is a novel P-band (70 cm wavelength) radar instrument developed for planetary applications that will enable surface and near-subsurface measurements of Solar System planetary bodies. The radar will measure full polarimetry at meter-scale resolution, and perform beam steering through programmable digital beamforming architecture. The data obtained with SESAR will provide key information on buried ice and water signatures that can facilitate the design of future human and robotic exploration missions. In this paper we describe SESAR's large antenna array, the sub-systems integration process, and the different environmental testing activities performed to the overall system in order to raise the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) for its future inclusion in a space-proven system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSensors and Systems for Space Applications XIV
EditorsGenshe Chen, Khanh D. Pham
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781510643475
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
EventSensors and Systems for Space Applications XIV 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Apr 12 2021Apr 16 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume11755
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceSensors and Systems for Space Applications XIV 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period4/12/214/16/21

Keywords

  • Environmental Testing
  • Ground penetrating radar
  • Planetary Science
  • Radar imaging
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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