designed and developed by Sandia National Laboratories for General Atomics,
provides unmatched performance for reconnaissance and surveillance in
adverse weather conditions. The system is light enough to fit into small
unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) like the Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
UAV family, some of which are shown below. Currently, it is operational
in an I-GNAT.
(Clockwise from Top: Prowler, I-GNAT, Predator)
The sensor offers
one-foot to ten-foot resolution stripmap capability and spotlight resolutions
of four inches to ten feet. Depending on weather conditions and imaging
resolution, the sensor can operate at a maximum range of 25 to 85 kilometers.
In addition to SAR, the Lynx® radar includes GMTI and near-real-time
coherent change detection capability. The radar is packaged in two subassemblies
(shown below) weighing less than 50 kg.
For more information,
please review "Lynx®: A
High-Resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar" (Launches Abobe Acrobat)
or visit General
Atomics' Lynx® SAR Website.
Please read Sandia National Laboratories' news release
about the Lynx®
Synthetic Aperture Radar system, which was officially unveiled August
28, 1999 by the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories and
General Atomics of San Diego.
An excellent presentation
about UAVs and their capabilities - including their use of SAR - can
be found on Nova's
"Spies that Fly" website.
Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery
Resolutions are for original images prior to downsampling for world
wide web viewing.)
Tanks; Comparison of Resolutions at 1-meter, 1-foot and 4-inch resolutions
Tanks, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM (1-ft resolution)
and an optical photo of the same
Atomic Museum, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, N.M. Note
the B-52 bomber on display near the center of this image (1-ft resolution)
National Laboratories Solar Power Tower, Albuquerque, N.M. (1-ft
near Albuquerque, New Mexico (1-ft resolution)
Target Indicator (MTI) image Three moving targets travelling
on a runway at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station
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