Space-Based Radar

Course Description

Explore theory, applications and orbital considerations for both synthetic aperture radar and moving target indication modes. Examine space-based radar technology issues, including electronically scanned antennas, waveforms and on-board processing. Focus on actual space-based radar systems to understand design choices.

Course ID: DEF 1002P
Course Format: Classroom

Important Course Information

This course is restricted to US citizens who are industrial and/or government employees and complete the Access Eligibility Form.  Eligibility questions should be directed to 404-407-6661.  Attendees must fax the Access Eligibility Form to 404-407-8691.  Laptop computers will not be permitted in the classroom and storage will not be available.

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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15379 Jun 1, 2015 Jun 5, 2015 Classroom Denver, Colorado $1,995
17224 Aug 14, 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Classroom Denver, Colorado $1,995

Special Discounts

GTRI employees are eligible for a discount on this course.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to and look under “GT Professional Development” for a coupon code to use when checking out.

Note: Coupon codes must be applied during checkout and cannot be redeemed after your checkout is complete. Only one coupon code can be used per shopping cart.



Who Should Attend

Engineers, scientists and managers

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand design constraints for space-based radar.

  • Analyze the synthetic aperture radar mode.

  • Analyze ground-moving target indication radar.


  • Radar principles

  • Space-based radar waveform trades

  • Radar principles and pulse-doppler processing

  • Space-based radar timeline

  • Orbital considerations for space-based radar

  • Rendezvous radars, altimeters and scatterometers

  • Space weather effects on space-based radar

  • Space-based radar clutter and interference

  • ERS-1, ERS-2, Envisat, JERS, ALOS


  • SAR-Lupe, TerraSAR-X, TerraSAR-L, Cosmo/Skymed

  • Space-based radar tradeoffs

  • Introduction to synthetic aperture radar

  • Introduction to synthetic aperture radar signal processing

  • Digital terrain models and 3D interferometric synthetic aperture radar

  • Space-based radar signal processor sizing

  • Space antenna technology

  • Space-based radar signal processing

  • Fundamentals of adaptive radar

  • Adaptive detection techniques for space-based radar

  • Bistatic radar in space

  • GMTI and synthetic aperture radar performance prediction

  • Satellite tool kit demonstration

  • Space-based radar electronic protection

  • Satellite system engineering

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Kristin Bing