Near-Distance Raw and Reconstructed Ground Based SAR Data

Published: 6 September 2022| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/m458grc688.1
Filip Turčinović


The dataset consists of 2 sets: first one (RealSAR-RAW) contains raw radar data obtained using 24 GHz Ground Based Synthetic Aperture Radar (GBSAR); second one (RealSAR-IMG) contains radar images generated with reconstruction algorithm applied on that raw data. Each example in sets represent either raw data (in RealSAR-RAW) or reconstructed image (in RealSAR-IMG) of one observed scene. Scene can contain none, one or more test objects. Test objects are three bottles: one aluminium, one glass, and one plastic. Bottles dimensions are the same. Total number of scene combinations is 8 (2^3). Objects were set in various positions in near-distance range between 20 and 70 cm away from radar. Each example is stored as matrix in .txt format (in RealSAR-RAW) and as image in .png format (in RealSAR-IMG). Matrix is size of 1024x30 (1024 frequency point, 30 GBSAR steps), and image 496x369 px. Each set contains 337 examples: 172 of them include aluminium bottle, 172 glass bottle, 179 plastic bottle, and 29 scenes are without objects. GBSAR Specs: Raw data is obtained using developed GBSAR system. It works in stop-and-go mode with 1 cm step size and total aperture of 30 cm. GBSAR sensor is FMCW (Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave) radar with central frequency at 24 GHz and 700 MHz wide bandwidth. FMCW radar periodically transmits sawtooth signal every 166 ms. Wave polarization of FMCW radar can be either HH or VV.


Steps to reproduce

Developed GBSAR is based on Raspberry Pi 4B (RPi) microcomputer. It controls VCO in FMCW module Innosent IVS-362 ( which has integrated transmitting and receiving antenna, and mixer. RPi and FMCW module are set on the platform which is moved along the rail track for 1 cm in each step with 5V stepper motor also controlled by RPi. Process of measurement: The module in each step transmits and receives signals, mixes them and result signal in low frequency band sends to the microcomputer. In order to maximize SNR, in each step the system emits multiple signals (in our case 10) and stores the average of received ones. When the result is stored, RPi runs stepper motor to move the platform for one step (in our case 1 cm). The process continues until it reaches last step. After that obtained matrix of average signals from each step is saved. RealSAR-RAW contains obtained matrices from the measurements in .txt format. Radar images are reconstructed using the Omega-k algorithm applied on raw data (matrices). The algorithm is implemented using Python programming language and is publicly available ( RealSAR-IMG contains reconstruced images in .png format.


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Image Reconstruction, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Deep Learning