Space exploration synthetic aperture radar (SESAR)

Rafael Rincon, Lynn Carter, Daniel Lu, Cornelis Du Toit, Martin Perrine, David M. Hollibaugh-Baker, Catherine D. Neish

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The Space Exploration Synthetic Aperture Radar is a new radar instrument development for planetary applications that will enable unprecedented surface and near-subsurface measurements of planetary bodies including the Moon, Mars, and asteroids. The radar is based on an advanced multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) architecture that operates in the P-band (70 cm wavelength), measures full polarimetry at meter scale resolution, and achieves beam agility through programmable digital beamforming. The radar is based on a low power, lightweight, modular design approach specifically developed to meet stringent launch and operation requirements of planetary instruments. Prototype SESAR subsystems have been developed and tested, and a recent MATISSE (Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration) proposal was awarded to build and test a functional radar panel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2019
Event39th IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2019 - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: Jul 28 2019Aug 2 2019


Conference39th IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2019


  • Digital beamforming
  • MIMO
  • P-band
  • Radar
  • SAR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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