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What is Synthetic Aperture Radar?

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Ku-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery

Sandia operates a Ku-Band (15 GHz) synthetic aperture radar carried by the Sandia Twin Otter aircraft. Data is collected at ranges of 2 to 15 km, and processed into images in real-time.

(Note: Resolutions are for original images prior to downsampling for world wide web viewing.)

Ku-Band Radar Platforms


Sandia National Laboratories DH-6 Twin Otter Aircraft
AMPS P-3 Aircraft with AMPS Radar Pod

Albuquerque, NM Area Images

Albuquerque International Airport (3-m resolution)
Albuquerque International Airport with optical photo (3-m resolution)
Sports Complex at Stadium & University, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1-m resolution)
Sandia National Laboratories Solar Power Tower - Multiple Aspect Images from a circular flight path (1-m resolution, Spotlight mode)
Sandia National Laboratories SAR Antenna Test Range (1-m resolution, Bistatic)
Pipeline over the Rio Grande river near Albuquerque, New Mexico (1-m resolution)
Horse Track near Albuquerque, New Mexico (1-m resolution)

Washington, D.C. Area Images

Washington, D.C. and zoomed (1-m resolution)
Federal triangle, Washington, D.C. (1-m resolution)
U.S. Capitol building, House office buildings, Library of Congress, and Supreme Court Building (1-m resolution)
U.S. Capitol building, Washington, D.C., and at full resolution. (1-m resolution)
Noise Floor Comparisons of U.S. Capital Building (1-m resolution)
Smithsonian Museums along the mall, Washington, D.C. (1-m resolution)
The Pentagon and at full resolution. (1-m resolution)
Washington Monument, Washington, D.C. (1-m resolution, Note the shadow pointing down in the image)
The Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. (1-m resolution)
The Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. (1-m resolution)
Piers along the Washington Channel, Washington, D.C. (1-m resolution)
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. (1-m resolution)
John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. (1-m resolution)
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge, Washington, D.C. (1-m resolution)
Union Station, Washington, D.C. (1-m resolution)

Miscellaneous Locations & Objects

China Lake Airport, California (3-m resolution)
Natural Oil Slick off Santa Barbara, California (3-m resolution)
Maricopa Agricultural Center, near Phoenix, Arizona (1-m resolution)
Fort Jefferson, Florida (1-m resolution)
Motion Compensation Example (3-m resolution)
SAR Tag (Transponder) (1-m resolution)

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To send feedback or request information about the contents of Sandia National Laboratories' synthetic aperture radar website, please contact:

Matthew R. Lopez, Business Project Lead
Synthetic Aperture Radar Website Owner
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM 87185-0519
845-2019 (Phone)
844-5924 (Fax)