Science in China Series F: Information Sciences

, Volume 48, Issue 5, pp 632–646 | Cite as

Ground moving target detection and location based on SAR images for distributed spaceborne SAR



This paper investigates data processing approaches to detect and locate ground moving targets using distributed spaceborne SAR systems with long cross-track baselines. In particular, it investigates the performance of ground moving target detection for two typical satellite formations: Cartwheel and Pendulum. An approach based on SAR images and a space-time adaptive processing (STAP) algorithm is proposed in order to overcome the effects of the ground terrain on the clutter suppression. The key idea of the approach is firstly to reduce the clutter degrees of freedom greatly by using conventional SAR imaging processing. Then the ground terrain clutter within each SAR pixel can be effectively cancelled by using the very limited spatial degrees of freedom. Finally, constant-false-alarm-rate (CFAR) techniques can be used to detect the remaining target SAR pixels after clutter cancellation. An approach to relocate the detected targets is also proposed, which is based on the estimation of the Doppler spectrum shifts of ground moving targets relative to the clutter Doppler spectrum. The proposed approaches in this paper have the advantages of simplicity and high efficiency.


formation-flying satellites ground moving target indication spaceborne synthetic aperture radar (spaceborne SAR) space-time adaptive processing (STAP) cartwheel pendulum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory for Radar Signal ProcessingXidian UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.National University of Defence TechnologyChangshaChina

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