Synthetic Aperture Radar

Synthetic Aperture Radar

Our low cost Synthetic Aperture Radar missions are built on our flight-proven core platforms and avionics.  

The ability to image through cloud and at night using radar technology provides additional and enhanced Earth observation applications and opportunities in disaster monitoring, agricultural monitoring and forestry assessment which require imaging on a regular basis regardless of cloud cover.


Our first radar mission is NovaSAR-1, which fuses SSTL-300 avionics with an innovative S-Band solid state power amplifier technology and a Synthetic Aperture Radar payload developed by Airbus.   Managing the energy use on board the small satellite platform has been made possible by using new, highly efficient S-band solid-state amplifier technology.  NovaSAR-1 is also equipped with a wide >400km swath maritime mode for ship detection across oceans and flies an Automatic Identification System to provide additional data for shipping, coastguard and customs authorities. 

View SAR images from NovaSAR-1

The UK Government provided £21 million to assist in the development and launch of NovaSAR-1 and will also benefit from access to the SAR data, significantly boosting the UK’s sovereign Earth Observation capabilities for applications such as ship detection and identification, oil spill detection, forestry monitoring and disaster monitoring, particularly flood detection and assessment.

Mission partners signed up for capacity from NovaSAR-1 include the UK Space Agency, Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

 Download the NovaSAR datasheet


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