NovaSAR-S is mission to demonstrate a small Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mission designed for low-cost programmes and optimised for shared launch opportunites.
SSTL develops the mission as a partnership between the British government and SSTL. The government contributed about 21 million British pounds to the development and launch.
The satellite introduces the NovaSAR-S platform, which features the heritage SSTL-300 avionics, with an S-band radar imaging payload developed by the space borne SAR team at Airbus in Portsmouth, UK, and S-band solid state power amplifer technology.
The S-band SAR provides medium resolution of 6 to 30 m imagery ideal for applications in the following fields:
|Type / Application:||Earth observation, radar|
|Contractors:||SSTL (bus); Airbus (payload)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|