SAR Milestone Discussion

The "final" version of the citation is:

First Digitally Processed Image from a Spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radar, 1978

In November 1978, a team from MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) became the first to use a digital processor to reconstruct an image from Seasat-A, the first civilian spaceborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR). MDA engineers subsequently developed three of the four most important SAR digital processing algorithms that replaced the optical processing methods used previously.

Dmichelson09:05, 14 August 2013