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SAOCOM-CS

SAOCOM-CS (SSTL design) [SSTL]

The joint Argentinean and ESA SAOCOM-CS (SAR Observation & Communications Satellite - Companion Satellite) satellite is a passive L-Band SAR mission to be launched and fly together with the Argentinian SAOCOM 1B L-Band SAR satellite.

SAOCOM-CS is a receive-only satellite to be launched with Argentina's L-band SAR satellite SAOCOM. The two satellites would fly in formation, with SAOCOM acting as an illuminator, enabling for the first time single-pass SAR interferometry at L-band.

In order to be ready for launch with SAOCOM-1B, the companion satellite is built from components with high technology readiness. Two plattforms are concurenntly evaluated. QinetiQ Space designs a Proba-based Platform option and SSTL designs a SSTL-300P-based Platform option.

Nation: Argentina
Type / Application: Earth observation, passive radar
Operator: CONAE, ESA
Contractors:
Equipment: L-Band passive SAR
Configuration:
Propulsion:
Power: Deployable solar array, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 400 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SAOCOM-CS - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SAOCOM 1B, SARE-1B 1, SARE-1B 2, SARE-1B 3, SARE-1B 4

References:

  • Michel van Pelt, Friederike Beyer, Bernardo Carnicero Domínguez, Malcolm Davidson, Marco García Matatoros, Andrew Pickering: SAOCOM-CS, SECESA 2014
Further SAOCOM missions: