Department SAR Technology (Priv.-Doz. Dr. Andreas Reigber)


DLR Forschungsflugzeug Dornier Do-228, die übliche Trägerplattform für das F-SAR, (c) Renato Burkhart.

Work in the department of SAR technology focuses on the development and operation of state-of-t he-art airborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensors as well as research in the areas of high precision SAR focusing and image analysis.

The principal research objectives of the department concern the conception and demonstration of novel radar techniques, imaging modes and processing algorithms to open up new areas of application for SAR. Airborne sensors, being flexible in terms of deployment and comparatively easy to reconfigure, are ideally suited to this end. The institute’s current SAR sensor, F-SAR, is among the most capable, advanced and flexible systems in the world. It offers a very high spatial resolution, excellent radiometric accuracy, a low noise level and can simultaneously acquire fully polarimetric data in multiple frequency bands.

Scientific acquisition campaigns for business, universities, national and international research institutions and agencies as well as the advancement of internal research programs are carried out on a regular basis. Researchers use the data acquired in SAR research and development. Among other things, these activities result in crucial contributions to the design of future spaceborne SAR systems. Important current developments, such as polarimetric SAR interferometry and SAR tomography, are, to a large extent, based on data acquired by DLR’s airborne sensors.

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