Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Rafael F Rincon



Org Code: 555

Mail Code: 619.1
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: NASA

Brief Bio

Rafael Rincon is a senior engineer with the Microwave Instruments Technology Branch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Rincon has over 20 years of experience in the area of active remote sensing.He is the principal investigator and lead engineer in several NASA projects for the formulation and development of innovative technologies and techniques in radar remote sensing for Earth and Planetary applications. His main area of research is the development of advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) instruments, software defined radar waveforms, and digital beamforming. Dr. Rincon research focuses on the development of SAR instruments for the Moon, Mars and Venus Missions. He is the lead engineer for the Space Exploration SAR. Dr. Rincon is also the principal investigator for the airborne Digital Beamforming Synthetic Aperture Radar (DBSAR) and second generation DBSAR systems (DBSAR-2). He is also the lead engineer and co-investigator in the development of the P-band Polarimetric and Interferometric Ecosystem SAR (EcoSAR) instrument and the multi-frequency Snow Water Equivalent Synthetic Aperture Radar and Radiometer (SWESARR). His expertise span SAR and Interferometric SAR hardware and algorithms, Multi-channel RF systems, digital radar and digital beamforming, physical parameter estimation, and advanced radar waveform techniques. He has been involved in investigation for the measurement of ecosystem structure and biomass, permafrost, topography, surface water, snow cover, and ice dynamics. He holds M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees in Electrophysics from the George Washington University.