NovaSAR-S: Small satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar platform
NovaSAR-S is a small Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mission designed for low-cost programmes and optimised for shared launch opportunites. The system baselines SSTL-300 avionics flying on NigeriaSat-2, with an imaging payload developed by the space borne SAR team at Astrium UK, and S-band solid state power amplifer technology.
NovaSAR-S is designed to operate independently, or in a constellation that will maximise imaging opportunities and data. A constellation of three NovaSAR-S satellites can image any point on the globe every day, regardless of daylight or weather conditions.
The first NovaSAR-S platform is currently in manufacture at SSTL, part-funded by the UK government.
NovaSAR wins an Innovation award from the IET, November 2013
- Disaster monitoring
- Martime mode - ship detection, monitoring and tracking, oil spill detection
- Land cover use and classification
- Crop monitoring and classification
- Ice monitoring
Space radar exposes ocean activity