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The ESA Sentinels constitute the first series of operational satellites responding to the Earth Observation needs of the EU-ESA Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme. The GMES space component relies on existing and planned space assets as well as on new complementary developments by ESA. This paper describes the Sentinel-1 mission,(More)
Modern operational and/or high resolution SAR satellite missions impose stringent requirements on on-board data compression such as a higher data reduction ratio, more flexibility, and faster data throughput. A novel approach is Flexible Dynamic Block Adaptive Quantization (FDBAQ). This method outperforms currently used Block Adaptive Quantization with(More)
The Sentinel-1 mission is designed to be a source of continuous and reliable collection of C-band SAR imagery. Requirements for Sentinel-1 end to end system, as part of the complete family of GMES Sentinels, guarantee continuity of C-band SAR data and products availability to operational entities who exploit satellite radar imagery since ERS 1 operations(More)
Two Block Adaptive Quantization (BAQ) algorithms considered for implementation on-board Sentinel-1, the Entropy Constrained BAQ (ECBAQ) and the Flexible Dynamic BAQ (FDBAQ) are investigated with real data acquired by TerraSAR-X. The two algorithms are compared with respect to the resulting signal-to-quantization-noise ratio (SQNR) and the compression rate.(More)
The ESA Sentinels constitute the first series of operational satellites responding to the Earth Observation needs of the EU-ESA Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme. The GMES space component relies on existing and planned space assets as well as on new complementary developments by ESA. This paper describes the Sentinel-1 mission,(More)
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