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Also called NovaSAR 1


Designation 43619 / 18071B
Launch date 16 Sep 2018
Country of origin United Kingdom
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 580 km, sun-synchronous (10:30)
Inclination 97.8°
Period 96.3 min
Launch vehicle PSLV #45

S-band SAR demonstrator (the SAR is built by ADS)
Australia's CSIRO will get a 10% share, providing tasking and data acquisition capabilities with commercial licence for Australia

The SAR payload has a dedicated maritime mode designed with a very wide swath area of 400km to enable the monitoring of the marine environment, and will provide direct radar ship detection information simultaneously with AIS ship tracking data to assist with the identification and tracking of sea-going vessels.

In addition to operating in maritime mode, the satellite has been optimised with three additional imaging modes, including a six metre resolution imaging mode, for a range of other applications, such as flood monitoring and agricultural and forestry applications.

Resolution range: 6-30 m with 400 km swath width

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Technical data


Prime contractor SSTL
Platform SSTL-300
Mass at launch 445 kg
Dry mass  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime 7 years

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