A Range Compensating Feed Motion Concept for Spaceborne Radar

Abstract

Tropical cyclones can cause major loss of both life and property, so that improvements in forecasting motion, intensity, and rainfall are needed. Such forecasting requires accurate measurements of the current state of the cyclone. Ground-based Doppler radars have long been used as an effective means of monitoring severe precipitating storms. Because of the oceanic nature of tropical cyclones, remote monitoring from space is desirable. Recently, the Precipitation Radar (PR) [1] aboard the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) [2] satellite has demonstrated an unprecedented capacity for 3-D imaging of precipitating storms. Nonetheless, due to the relatively long TRMM return cycle (less than once per day) the value of PR data has primarily been limited to the understanding of climatological properties of tropical cyclones [3]. The return cycle can be substantially reduced by sensing from a geostationary platform

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