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Miniaturized P-band RADAR Transceiver

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There is a strong need to miniaturize radar hardware to enable affordable spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Carbon Cycle science remote sensing missions. To that end, we propose to develop and demonstrate a miniaturized P-band radar transceiver with size, mass and volume significantly lower than current airborne systems, and which provides a low cost option for future spaceborne SAR instruments.

 

 

The effort will prototype a miniaturized version of the transceiver used in NASA's Ecological Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) airborne instrument called ECOSAR  which flew in February 2014 over the Costa Rican rain forests. The prototype will be used to study the  architecture for a spaceborne SAR instrument as a precurser to a hybrid circuit module development effort.  If small enough the printed circuit transceiver would offer a low cost alternative to the hybrid module for the spaceborne instrument.

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