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ASNARO 2

ASNARO 2 [USEF]

The ASNARO 2 (Advanced Satellite with New system Architecture for Observation) is an planned japanese radar satellite. It will feature an X-band radar.

The satellite is based on NEC's NEXTAR NX-300L bus. The imaging system is the 1 kW XSAR, a X-band SAR with a ground resolution of 1 m and a swath width of 10 km. XSAR can also be employed in the ScanSAR mode, which uses the satellite’s attitude control system to sweep out adjacent image strips to allow a broader ground swath to over 50 km, but with a reduced resolution of 16 meters.

ASNARO 2 was planned to be launched in November 2017 on an Epsilon launch vehicle. Due to a defect in an electric system on the third Epsilon Launch Vehicle discovered during the inspection at the site, Japan decided to postpone the launch of the satellite to January 2018.

Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Technology, Earth observation
Operator: USEF
Contractors: NEC
Equipment: XSAR X-band Radar
Configuration: NEXTAR NX-300L
Propulsion:
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 5 years
Mass: 570 kg
Orbit: 493 km × 506 km, 97.37°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ASNARO 2 2017-007A 17.01.2018 Ka LP-M Epsilon (2) CLPS
Further ASNARO missions: