Multichannel W-Band SAR System on a Multirotor UAV Platform with Real-Time Data Transmission Capabilities

Sumin Kim, Se Yeon Jeon, Jeongbae Kim, Ui Min Lee, Seungha Shin, Youngwoo Choi, Min Ho Ka

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In recent years, the demand for small-scale remote sensing, which is used in disaster monitoring, agriculture, and ground subsidence has increased. A multichannel synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system can provide image and topographic information of the illuminated scene, regardless of adverse weather conditions. As a cost-effective solution to radar imaging, a multichannel W-band SAR system mounted on a multirotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is presented. The radar module was designed to operate at W-band to achieve small size and weight allowing the module to be mounted on multirotor UAVs with small payload. A detailed description of the design and measurement of the system is provided in this paper. The radar imaging capability of the developed system was verified by performing outdoor experiments using isolated buildings as targets. The multichannel functionality of the system was verified by measuring height of a point target placed above the ground. The measurements and experiments verified the feasibility of a multichannel radar mounted on a multirotor UAV for imaging and topographic applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9160919
Pages (from-to)144413-144431
Number of pages19
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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