New imaging modes added to PAZ collection

18 Jan 2022

Two new imaging modes, Wide ScanSAR and Staring Spotlight, have been added to the PAZ data offering and are now available to users for research and application development following submission of a project proposal subject to evaluation and acceptance by ESA and the data owner.

ESA will support as many high-quality projects as possible within the quota limit available, therefore only a limited amount of data may be allocated to each project. Data availability and usage restrictions are outlined in the ESA Third Party Missions (TPM) T&C and in the Terms of Applicability document.

The Wide ScanSAR mode, in single polarisation, uses six sub-swaths to obtain a higher swath coverage product. The Staring Spotlight mode, in single polarisation, coincides the virtual rotation point with the centre of the beam, with the image length in the flight direction being constrained by the projection on-ground of the azimuth beamwidth. This leads to an increased target azimuth illumination time, and improved resolution of less than 0.25 m.