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Reliability analysis in aperture synthesis interferometric radiometers: application to L-Band microwave imaging radiometer with aperture synthesis instruments
Vall-Llossera Ferran, Mercedes Magdalena; Duffo Ubeda, Núria; Camps Carmona, Adriano José; Corbella Sanahuja, Ignasi; Torres Torres, Francisco; Bará Temes, Francisco Javier
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament de Teoria del Senyal i Comunicacions; Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. RSLAB - Grup de Recerca en Teledetecció
The Microwave Imaging Radiometer with Aperture Synthesis (MIRAS) instrument will be the first radiometer using aperture synthesis techniques for Earth observation. It will be boarded in the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Earth Explorer Opportunity Mission of the European Space Agency and launched in 2005. The configuration under study in the MIRAS Demonstrator Pilot Project is a Y‐shaped array with 27 dual‐polarization L band antennas in each arm, spaced 0.89 wavelengths. In addition to these 81 antennas there are 3 additional ones between the arms for phase restoration and redundancy purposes and an extra one at the center of the Y array that is connected to a noise injection radiometer. The digitized in‐phase and quadrature outputs of each receiver are multiplexed in groups of four and optically transmitted to the hub where the complex cross correlations are computed. In this configuration there are 85 antennas‐receiving channels and 21 multiplexers. The objectives of this paper are twofold: (1) the study of the performance degradation of Y‐shaped aperture synthesis interferometric radiometers in case of single or multiple subsystem failures and (2) a reliability analysis at subsystem level.
Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria de la telecomunicació::Radiocomunicació i exploració electromagnètica::Teledetecció
Interferometry
Microwave imaging
Calibration
Radiometers
Aperture antennas
Radio science
Interferometry
Ionospheric physics
Instruments and techniques
Radiòmetres -- Calibració
Interferometria
Antenes de microones
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