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Cassini Titan Radar Mapper

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4 Author(s)
Elachi, C. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA ; Im, E. ; Roth, L.E. ; Werner, C.L.

The Cassini Titan Radar Mapper is a multimode radar instrument designed to probe the optically inaccessible surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. The instrument is to be included in the payload of the Cassini Saturn Mission, scheduled for launch in 1995. The individual modes of Cassini Radar Mapper will allow topographic mapping and surface imaging at few hundred meters resolution. The requirements that lay behind the design are briefly discussed, and the configuration and capability of the instrument are described. The present limited knowledge of Titan's surface and the measurement requirements imposed on the radar instrument are addressed. Also discussed are the Cassini mission and the projected orbits, which imposed another set of design constraints that led to the multitude of modes and to an unconventional antenna configuration. The antenna configuration and the different radar modes are described

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:79 ,  Issue: 6 )