Accession Number:

ADA237930

Title:

Concepts for Finding Relocatable Targets. Small Business Innovative Research Topic AF 87-124. Phase 2

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. for 14 Feb 1989-30 Apr 1991

Corporate Author:

TOYON RESEARCH CORP GOLETA CA

Report Date:

1991-06-27

Pagination or Media Count:

173.0

Abstract:

A hybrid space-basedairborne bistatic synthetic aperture radar SAR concept has been developed at Toyon Research Corporation and a feasibility assessment has been made. The benefits of a sanctuary transmitter architecture to the receive aircraft are 1 high resolution SAR imaging capability at long range from the receive aircraft, day or night, and in all weather and 2 passive operation, which enables the aircraft to maintain stealth, improve survivability, resist sidelobe jamming, and for some aircraft such as RPVs, drones, etc., take advantage of the weight and prime power savings possible because a transmitter is not required. We show that three Molniya satellites can provide continuous illumination coverage for application to strategic missions, while a single satellite in geostationary orbit is suited to most tactical missions.

Subject Categories:

  • Radar Countermeasures
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE