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What is Synthetic Aperture Radar?

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Sandia SAR Firsts


Sandia National Laboratories is proud of its history of developing cutting-edge synthetic aperture radar technologies. Below is a short list detailing Sandia's first-of-a-kind accomplishments and improvements to SAR.

  • First real-time 1-ft strip mapping SAR

  • First 100-lb class synthetic aperture radar

  • First real-time carrier-phase GPS implementation

  • First real-time sub-4-inch spotlight Ku-band SAR

  • First 1-GHz 48-bit DDS with 50-dB spur-free dynamic range

  • First adverse weather, GPS-denied precision-targeting demonstration


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Sandia National Laboratories
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