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SSTL announces NovaSAR-S data deal with Australia’s CSIRO

By [email protected] - 19th October 2017 - 11:56

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) signed an agreement in Adelaide at the International Astronautical Congress to provide Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) a 10% share of the tasking and data acquisition capabilities from NovaSAR-S, a first-in-class small radar satellite due for launch later this year. NovaSAR-S is a more cost effective technology platform that delivers Earth observation Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery day and night, and through cloud cover. Managing the energy use on board the small SAR platform has been made possible by using a new, highly efficient S-band solid-state amplifier technology and flying an innovative S-band SAR payload developed by Airbus UK in Portsmouth. The UK will 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.