PRETTY: Grazing altimetry measurements based on the interferometric method

Per Høeg, Heinrich Fragner, Andreas Dielacher, Franz Zangerl, Otto Koudelka, Per Høeg, Peter Beck, Jens Wickert

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Abstract

The exploitation of signals stemming from global navigation systems for passive bistatic radar applications has beenproposed and implemented within numerous studies. The fact that such missions do not rely on high power amplifiersand that the need of high gain antennas with large geometrical dimensions can be avoided, makes them suitable forsmall satellite missions. Applications where a continuous high coverage is needed, as for example disaster warning,have the demand for a large number of satellites in orbit, which in turn requires small and relatively low cost satellites.The proposed PRETTY (Passive Reflectometry and Dosimetry) mission includes a demonstrator payload for passivereflectometry and scatterometry focusing on very low incidence angles whereby the direct and reflected signal will bereceived via the same antenna. The correlation of both signals will be done by a specific FPGA based hardwareimplementation. The demonstration of a passive reflectometer without the use of local code replica implicitly showsthat also signals of unknown data modulation can be exploited for such a purpose.The PRETTY mission is proposed by an Austrian consortium with RUAG GmbH as prime contractor, relying on theresults from a previous CubeSat mission (OPS-SAT) conducted by TU Graz under ESA contract [18]. Within thepresent paper we will describe the architecture of the passive reflectometer payload within this 3U CubeSat mission anddiscuss operational routines and constraints to be elaborated in the frame of the proposed activity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Workshop on Advanced RF Sensors and Remote Sensing Instruments, ARSI’17
Number of pages7
PublisherEuropean Space Agency
Publication date2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event5th Workshop on Advanced RF Sensors and Remote Sensing Instruments, ARSI’17 - Space Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC), Noordwijk, Netherlands
Duration: 12 Sep 201714 Sep 2017

Workshop

Workshop5th Workshop on Advanced RF Sensors and Remote Sensing Instruments, ARSI’17
LocationSpace Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC)
CountryNetherlands
CityNoordwijk
Period12/09/201714/09/2017

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Høeg, P., Fragner, H., Dielacher, A., Zangerl, F., Koudelka, O., Høeg, P., Beck, P., & Wickert, J. (2017). PRETTY: Grazing altimetry measurements based on the interferometric method. In Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Advanced RF Sensors and Remote Sensing Instruments, ARSI’17 European Space Agency.