Full Name NovaSAR-1
aka NovaSAR-S
Status Operational (nominal)
Mission Agencies UKSA, CSIRO, DOST-ASTI, ISRO, Space-Eyes Launch Date 16 Sep 2018
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Dec 2026
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 43619 (TLE)
International Designator 2018-071B
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 96.4 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 97.7 deg
Orbit Altitude 583 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 10:30 Repeat Cycle 16 days
Objectives and Applications NovaSAR-1 is a low cost spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) programme employing a novel small satellite design capable of supporting the requirements of a high performance SAR payload. The main applications include maritime and forestry. It has a secondary AIS payload.
Mission Measurements
AtmosphereAtmospheric Winds S-band SAR
LandVegetation S-band SAR
Multi-purpose imagery (land) S-band SAR
Snow & IceSea ice cover, edge and thickness S-band SAR
Mission Instruments
AIS - Automatic Identification System
S-band SAR - S-band SAR
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