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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - S-band SAR -
Full Name S-band SAR Status Operational
Instrument Agencies UKSA, CSIRO Maturity
Instrument Type Imaging microwave radars Geometry Side-looking
Instrument Technology Imaging radar (SAR) Sampling Imaging
Data Access Constrained Access Data Format Spacecraft format - CCSDS Base deliverable format - GeoTIFF
Measurements and Applications SAR imagery for a range of applications including agriculture, maritime and forestry
Resolution Summary ScanSAR: 20 m; Stripmap: 6m; ScanSAR Wide: 30 m; Maritime 6x13.7 m
[Best Resolution: 6m]
Swath Summary ScanSAR: 100 km; Stripmap: 20 km; ScanSAR Wide: 150 km; Maritime: 400 km
[Max Swath: 400 km]
Accuracy Summary sub 50 m
Waveband Summary S-band
S-Band (4 - 2 GHz)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Atmospheric WindsOil spill cover 
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Land surface imagery 
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessSea-ice cover 
VegetationVegetation type 
Land cover 
Vegetation Canopy (cover) 
Above Ground Biomass (AGB) 
Instrument Missions
NovaSAR-S - NovaSAR-S (2018 - 2025)
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