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Earth Topics (Applications)
  • Land
  • Topography/Mapping, Soil, Vegetation

  • Natural Disasters
  • Oil Slick

  • Ocean and Coast
  • Ocean Currents and Topography, Ocean Waves, Coastal Geomorphology

    Instrument type
  • SAR
  • Mission
    Date of Launch:
    8 June 2007
    Mission Status:
    Operating nominally
    Orbit Height:
    619.6 km
    Orbit type:
    Circular sun-synchronous dawn-dusk
    Swath Width:
    10-200 km
    COSMO-SkyMed StripMap PING PONG mode
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    Last update: 30 June 2015

    StripMap PINGPONG is one of the modes in which the COSMO-SkyMed SAR can operate, right and left looking acquisition, with two radar polarisations selectable among HH, HV, VH and VV.

    The STRIPMAP PINPONG main characteristics are summarised in the following table:

    Acquisition Mode
    Processing levels
    Level 1A
    (SCSB and SCSU)
    Level 1B (DGM)
    Level 1C (GEC)
    Level 1D (GTC)
    Ground Range resolution (m)
    Azimuth resolution (m)
    Range x Azimuth scene size (km)
    30 X 30
    Scene duration (sec)
    Geolocation ±3s accuracy (m)
    Number of looks

    Processing Levels:

    • Level 1A (1A_SCSB and 1A_SCSU)
      Single-look Complex Slant product, RAW data focused in slant range-azimuth projection, that is the sensor natural acquisition projection; product contains In-Phase and Quadrature of the focused data, weighted and radiometrically equalised.
      The processing of the 1A_SCSU product differs from that of the 1A_SCSB product for the following features:
      • a non-weighted processing is performed, which means that windowing isn't applied on the processed bandwidth
      • radiometric equalisation (in terms of compensation of the range antenna pattern and incidence angle) is not performed; hence only compensation of the antenna transmitter gain and receiver attenuation and range spreading loss is applied
    • Level 1B (1B_DGM)
      Detected Ground Multi-look product, obtained detecting, multilooking and projecting the COSMO-SkyMed products SAR Standard SAR Higher Level Auxiliary products Single-look Complex Slant data onto a grid regular in ground. Note: Spotlight Mode products are not multilooked;
    • Level 1C/1D - Geocoded product: GEC (level 1C product) and GTC (level 1D product)
      Obtained projecting the 1A product onto a regular grid in a chosen cartographic reference system. In case of Level 1C the surface is the earth ellipsoid while for the Level 1D a DEM (Digital Elevation Model) is used to approximate the real earth surface.
      The Level 1D data is constituted by the Backscattering coefficient of the observed scene, multilooked (except for Spotlight Mode), including the annexed Incidence Angles Mask


    This data can be used for the following applications: Maritime Domain Awareness, Defence and Intelligence, Thematic Mapping, Emergency Response and Land stability analysis. More information

    Data Set Specifications
    Spatial coverage: 90 N, 90 S, 180 W, 180 E
    Temporal coverage: 15 September 2008 - present - archive and acquisition data availability can be checked on COSMO-SkyMed products catalogue, registration not requested
    Processing level
    Level 1a
    Level 1b
    Level 1c
    Level 1d
    How to access this data

    Archived and Tasking available after project proposal acceptance.

    Terms & Conditions applicable
    Utilisation of this data is subject to the Terms and Conditions for ESA's Third Party Missions scheme


    COSMO-SkyMed SAR Products Handbook


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