BalSAR: A Stratospheric Balloon-Borne SAR System

  • Marco MartorellaEmail author
  • Elias Aboutanios
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB)


Surveillance systems are continuously employed for both military and civilian applications, including homeland security and border protection, which are two main concerns to NATO and in particular to the Science for Peace and Security (SPS) programme. Several platforms and systems, developed in past years, have turned into surveillance systems that are currently used in such scenarios. This paper describes a high-altitude balloon-borne synthetic aperture radar (BALSAR) system, which is currently under development as part of a NATO funded project within the SPS programme. Such a system will be able to perform surveillance tasks by acquiring radar data, forming SAR images and using them to extract valuable information.


High-altitude platform Stratospheric balloon Airborne surveillance Synthetic aperture radar 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information EngineeringUniversity of PisaPisaItaly
  2. 2.Radar and Surveillance Systems National LabCNITPisaItaly
  3. 3.School of Electrical Engineering and TelecommunicationsUNSW SydneySydneyAustralia

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