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  • Main Title Design and implementation of a Synthetic Aperture Radar for Open Skies (SAROS) aboard a C-135 aircraft


  • Author: Cooper, D. W.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Murphy, M.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  • Author: Rimmel, G.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Loral Defense Systems, Litchfield, AZ (United States)


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Defense.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: Department of Defense, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: Sandia National Laboratories
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Additional Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)


  • Creation: 1994-08-01


  • English


  • Content Description: NATO and former Warsaw Pact nations have agreed to allow overflights of their countries in the interest of easing world tension. The United States has decided to implement two C-135 aircraft with a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) that has a 3-meter resolution. This work is being sponsored by the Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA) and will be operational in Fall 1995. Since the SAR equipment must be exportable to foreign nations, a 20-year-old UPD-8 analog SAR system was selected as the front-end and refurbished for this application by Loral Defense Systems. Data processing is being upgraded to a currently exportable digital design by Sandia National Laboratories. Amplitude and phase histories will be collected during these overflights and digitized on VHS cassettes. Ground stations will use reduction algorithms to process the data and convert it to magnitude-detected images for member nations. System Planning Corporation is presently developing a portable ground station for use on the demonstration flights. Aircraft integration into the C-135 aircraft is being done by the Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
  • Physical Description: 5 p.


  • Keyword: Synthetic-Aperture Radar
  • STI Subject Categories: 98 Nuclear Disarmament, Safeguards, And Physical Protection
  • Keyword: Facilities, Equipment, And Techniques
  • STI Subject Categories: 42 Engineering
  • Keyword: Digital Systems
  • Keyword: Arms Control
  • Keyword: Verification
  • Keyword: Design
  • Keyword: Data Acquisition Systems
  • STI Subject Categories: 420200
  • Keyword: Aerial Surveying
  • Keyword: Aircraft 350300


  • Conference: Antenna Measurement Techniques Association symposium,Long Beach, CA (United States),3-7 Oct 1994


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • Other: DE94015767
  • Report No.: SAND--94-1895C
  • Report No.: CONF-9410160--1
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 10169865
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1339348


  • Display Note: OSTI as DE94015767; Paper copy available at OSTI: phone, 865-576-8401, or email,