On Large Ground Station Antennas as Potential Radar Targets for Biomass
Radio-telescopes or ground-station antennas can, if pointed, act as a radar target with high radar cross-section (RCS). Space-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data confirmed it at 5:3GHz for a modified ground-station antenna. Operational ground-station antennas cannot be modified. The latter antennas might operate at frequencies well above the radar band. The radar signal could be scattered with high RCS from such an antenna, with less influence due to a load (receiver). The antenna geometry should be precisely known to derive its RCS. BIOMASS SAR operates near 435 MHz (P-band). Results are given, also for BIOMASS antenna itself. Large antennas in an array as in Westerbork are of potential interest, located on an East-West line, nearly perpendicular to ascending and descending polar orbits. Related material is discussed.
- Pub Date:
- November 2021
- Physics - Space Physics;
- Electrical Engineering and Systems Science - Systems and Control;
- Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors
- 8 pages 16 figures