IDSHSP - Initial Design Study for the HYDROS SAR Processor
HYDROS was to provide the first global view of the Earth's changing soil moisture and surface freeze/thaw conditions
Contract awarded by the Canadian Space Agency to prepare a detailed plan for the development, test and validation of the HYDROS SAR processor
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) teamed up with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Goddard Space Flight Centre to propose a mission for the global measurement of the Earth's hydrosphere states and freeze/thaw zones (HYDROS).
HYDROS was to provide the first global view of the Earth's changing soil moisture and surface freeze/thaw conditions, enabling new scientific studies of global change and atmospheric predictability, and making new hydrologic applications possible.
Based on the strong Canadian expertise developed under the RADARSAT program, the CSA proposed to develop the SAR processor and the processing facility that would be used to process the SAR data collected by the HYDROS radar.
The CSA contracted Array to perform an initial analysis of the SAR processing algorithms and prepare a detailed plan for the development, test and validation of the HYDROS SAR processor and the radar processing facility.
Array's successfully completed its contract, but unfortunately, NASA stated it would not fund this project to completion.