SESAME: A single-pass interferometric Sentinel-1 companion SAR mission for monitoring geo- and biosphere dynamics
Paper i proceeding, 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.

surface topography

remote sensing by radar

spaceborne radar


synthetic aperture radar

radar interferometry


Helmut Rott

Paco Lopez-Dekker

Svein Solberg

Lars Ulander

Mikrovågs- och optisk fjärranalys

Thomas Nagler

Gerhard Krieger

Pau Prats

Marc Rodriguez

Mariantonietta Zonno

Alberto Moreira

IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)

2153-7003 (eISSN)



Informations- och kommunikationsteknik



Elektroteknik och elektronik