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Microwave Interferometric Radiometry in Remote Sensing: an Invited Historical ReviewThe launch of the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission on 2 November 2009 marked a milestone in remote sensing for it was the first time a radiometer capable of acquiring wide field of view images at every single snapshot, a unique feature of the synthetic aperture technique, made it to space. The technology behind such an achievement was developed, thanks to the effort of a community of researchers and engineers in different groups around the world. It was only because of their joint work that SMOS finally became a reality. The fact that the European Space Agency, together with CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales) and CDTI (Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico e Industrial), managed to get the project through should be considered a merit and a reward for that entire community. This paper is an invited historical review that, within a very limited number of pages, tries to provide insight into some of the developments which, one way or another, are imprinted in the name of SMOS.
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Martin-Neira, M.
(European Space Agency. European Space Research and Technology Center, ESTEC Noordwijk, Netherlands)
LeVine, D. M.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Kerr, Y.
(Centre d'Etudes Spatiales de la Biosphere Toulouse, France)
Skou, N.
(Danish Technical Univ., Space Copenhagen, Denmark)
Peichl, M.
(Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany)
Camps, A.
(Polytechnic Univ. of Catalonia Barcelona, Spain)
Corbella, I.
(Polytechnic Univ. of Catalonia Barcelona, Spain)
Hallikainen, M.
(Aalto Univ Aalto, Finland)
Font, J.
(Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas Barcelona, Spain)
Wu, J.
(Academia Sinica Beijing, China)
Mecklenburg, S.
(European Space Agency. ESRIN Frascati, Italy)
Drusch, M.
(European Space Agency. European Space Research and Technology Center, ESTEC Noordwijk, Netherlands)
Date Acquired
June 26, 2015
Publication Date
June 24, 2014
Publication Information
Publication: Radio Science
Volume: 49
Issue: 6
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
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Public Use Permitted.
remote sensing

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