SAR Milestone Discussion
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I enthusiastically support this milestone.
I have discussed with the proposer and reviewed the documents in the proposal. I have also verified the claim, identified additional supporting sources, and helped to edit the wording of the Milestone citation. The additional sources have been added to the proposal.
The proposal clearly lays out a portrait of SAR image data processing that has been pioneering and worthy of endorsement as an IEEE milestone.
I too agree the proposal is worthy of a milestone, but I think the plaque write-up needs some changes and additions, to make it more understandable to non-technical readers: First, spell out the acronym SAR (I note many proposals use too acronyms). Then add a brief introduction such as "The Synthetic Aperture Array was conceived in 1951, but it wasnt until the McDonald... (MDA) development of digital processing algorithms, using a general-purpose computer,in Nov 1978,that widespread adoption of the SAR concept was made possible. ..." Why this intro? Without it, one can get the impression that MDA invented SAR in 1978.