Alticube concept presented at IAC conference

A paper entitled “AltiCube: A Ka-band Altimeter CubeSat Constellation for Ocean Monitoring” by J.Guo, Y.Li, S.H.Mok, B.Krijnen, P. Hoogeboom, P.Lopez-Dekker and C.Buck was presented at the 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 12-14 October 2020. The paper is available in the resource page. Abstract: A feasibility study of a Ka-band altimeter …

Altimeter breadboard paper now published

(click on the title or on “Continue Reading” to see this post in full, including links) Further to the post on Ka-band radar altimeter breadboard for NL-RIA a paper on the subject has been presented by Ozan Dogan to the 2020 IEEE International IOT, Electronics and Mechatronics Conference (IEMTRONICS) and …

IEEE GRSL paper by Ozan Dogan published and downloadable

A recent publication by Ozan Dogan, Faruk Eysal and Paco Lopez-Dekker in IEEE GRSL can now be downloaded from the Resources page on this website.  Small satellite radar technology is emerging due to its promising mission concept variety. A modern satellite radar system shall be capable of generating not only …

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The need for NL-RIA’s cubesat altimeter constellation

Author: Yuanhao Li. Nowadays spaceborne data from several altimeters (e.g., from Jason-1/2, Cryosat, etc.) can already resolve oceanographic phenomena with sizes in the order of 100 km. However, we cannot observe very well the submeso-scale oceanic features which may derive from smaller-scale eddies and currents. In this view, the observation …