Chapter 19

Introduction to Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar

Marco Martorella,    Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy,    CNIT—Radar and Surveillance Systems (RaSS) National Laboratory, Pisa, Italy

Abstract

Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) is a powerful radar signal processing that is able to form e.m. images of moving targets. ISAR processing is often erroneously considered as a subset of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) processing. In fact, although this consideration may be superficially made, there are many subtle differences that make SAR processing fail when applied to radar echoes of non-cooperative moving targets.

In this book chapter, ISAR is introduced to the reader starting from an arbitrary ...

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