SESAME: A single-pass interferometric Sentinel-1 companion SAR mission for monitoring geo- and biosphere dynamics
Paper in proceedings, 2017

SESAME (SEntinel-1 SAR companion Multistatic Explorer) is a passive SAR satellite mission proposed for the ESA Earth Explorer Program. SESAME comprises two receive-only C-band SAR satellites flying in close formation to build a single-pass SAR interferometer (SP-InSAR) using the active signal of the European Sentinel-1 satellite. The SESAME mission addresses applications in geoscience and climate research that require repeat measurements of high precision elevation data over land surfaces including ice covered areas and forests, exploiting the SP-InSAR and multistatic observation geometry of the satellite formation. The objectives, the measurement approach and geo-biophysical products of the mission are described.

remote sensing by radar


spaceborne radar

surface topography

synthetic aperture radar

radar interferometry


Helmut Rott

University of Innsbruck

ENVEO-Environmental Earth Observation Information Technology GmbH

Paco Lopez-Dekker

Delft University of Technology

Svein Solberg

The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)

Lars Ulander

Microwave and Optical Remote Sensing

Thomas Nagler

ENVEO-Environmental Earth Observation Information Technology GmbH

Gerhard Krieger

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Pau Prats

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Marc Rodriguez

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Mariantonietta Zonno

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Alberto Moreira

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

2017 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)

107-110 8126905
9781509049516 (ISBN)

37th Annual IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2017
Fort Worth, USA,

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Subject Categories

Remote Sensing

Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering



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