Airbus Defence and Space


Core radar electronics subsystem - CRESS

CRESS: Designed to provide standard functions for a variety of sensors, particularly Synthetic Aperture Radar's (SARs). Modular, flexible and expandable the CRESS consists of three equipments: Baseband, IF and Mission dependent filter - providing instrument control and monitoring, RF transmit signal generation and Receive signal detection and digitisation. Selected as the Sensor Electronics for Canada's RADARSAT- 2 spaceborne SAR instrument, the CRESS provides cost effective solutions for a variety of space applications.

Features / technical details

  • Radar Band: Configurable to L,S,C,X or Ku-band
  • Signal Bandwidth: up to 300MHz (in 50MHz steps) Low Bandwidth (<50MHz) modes available
  • Platform Control Interface:1553B, CAN or OBDH (configurable)
  • Data Compression: BAQ (8 bits to 1,2,3 or 4 bits )
  • Sensor Front Ends Supported: SAR, real aperture radar, radar altimeter, wind scatterometer, optical, IR, radiometer, humidity sounder
  • SAR Front End Architectures Supported: Centralised HPA, partially distributed or fully distributed (TR modules)
  • Transmitter Output Power: +6 to 14dBm in 0.5 dB steps
  • Receiver Gain: 28dB range in 0.5 dB steps


  • Spaceborne
  • Airborne
  • Ground based

Reference customers

  • RADARSAT-2 (EMS Canada)
  • TerraSAR
  • ROKSAR Phase 1 (Korea)