Applied Physics A

, Volume 121, Issue 3, pp 1045–1051 | Cite as

Smart antennas for space-borne synthetic aperture radars

  • F. Qin
  • S. Gao
  • C. Mao
  • Z. Wang
  • A. Patyuchenko
  • M. Younis
  • G. Krieger
Invited paper


This paper discusses smart antennas for space-borne synthetic aperture radar (SAR). First, some recent development in smart antennas for space-borne SAR is reviewed. Then, the paper presents a low-cost space-borne SAR system using digital beam forming on receive. The smart antenna system is also discussed, and some results are shown. The antenna system, consisting of a parabolic reflector and multi-feed array, is designed and optimized for dual-band dual-polarized digital beam-forming performance. The operating frequencies are at X and Ka bands with the center frequency of 9.6 and 35.75 GHz, respectively. The stacked dipoles and square patches with parasitic elements are employed as the feed elements at X and Ka bands. Dual-band antenna arrays are combined in the same aperture, which not only reduce the aperture of the feed array, but also coincide the center of dual-band feed arrays.



This work is part of the project ‘DIFFERENT’ funded by EC FP7 (Grant Number: 6069923).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Qin
    • 1
  • S. Gao
    • 1
  • C. Mao
    • 1
  • Z. Wang
    • 1
  • A. Patyuchenko
    • 2
  • M. Younis
    • 2
  • G. Krieger
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Engineering and Digital ArtsUniversity of KentCanterburyUK
  2. 2.Microwaves and Radar InstituteGerman Aerospace Centre (DLR)WesslingGermany

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