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 - 50m; Maritime 6x13.7 m
[Best Resolution: 6m]
Swath Summary ScanSAR: 50 - 100 km; Stripmap: 13-20 km; ScanSAR Wide: 55 - 195 km; Maritime: 400 km
[Max Swath: 400 km]
Accuracy Summary sub 50 m
Waveband Summary S-band: 3.1-3.3 GHz
S-Band (4 - 2 GHz)
Instrument Measurements
Measurements Overview
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)
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Above-ground biomass click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Land cover click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Sea Ice click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
NovaSAR-1 - NovaSAR-1 (2018 - 2026)