DEFINITION
Synthetic Aperture Radar

A radar technique that processes echoes of signals emitted at different points along a satellite's orbit. The highest resolution achievable by such a system is theoretically equivalent to that of a single large antenna as wide as the distance between the most widely spaced points along the orbit that are used for transmitting positions. In practice, resolution will be limited by the radar receiver's signal processing capability or by the limited coherence of the radio signal emitted by the radar transmitter.

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