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16 June 1995 Compact time- and space-integrating SAR processor: performance analysis
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Progress made during the previous 12 months toward the fabrication and test of a flight demonstration prototype of the acousto-optic time- and space-integrating real-time SAR image formation processor is reported. Compact, rugged, and low-power analog optical signal processing techniques are used for the most computationally taxing portions of the SAR imaging problem to overcome the size and power consumption limitations of electronic approaches. Flexibility and performance are maintained by the use of digital electronics for the critical low-complexity filter generation and output image processing functions. The results reported for this year include tests of a laboratory version of the RAPID SAR concept on phase history data generated from real SAR high-resolution imagery; a description of the new compact 2D acousto-optic scanner that has a 2D space bandwidth product approaching 106 sports, specified and procured for NEOS Technologies during the last year; and a design and layout of the optical module portion of the flight-worthy prototype.
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Michael W. Haney, James J. Levy, Robert R. Michael Jr., and Marc P. Christensen "Compact time- and space-integrating SAR processor: performance analysis", Proc. SPIE 2489, Transition of Optical Processors into Systems 1995, (16 June 1995);

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