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CarbSAR is a planned technology demonstration mission built by SSTL, flying an innovative deployable X-band SAR payload to provide high resolution imaging capabilities night and day, whatever the weather.

Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery can provide diverse surveillance intelligence like optical images but, deriving from an active sensor, is not subject to favourable solar illumination or weather conditions considered. The X-band SAR has a ground resolution of 0.5 m and a swath width of 4 km.

Applications for the CarbSAR satellites are:

  • Defence and security
  • Maritime
  • Disaster response
  • Environment and infrastructure

CarbSAR will capture high resolution SAR imagery during day or night, and in all weather conditions, allowing the reliable provision of information for a range of applications.

Nation: UK
Type / Application: Technology, Earth observation
Operator: SSTL
Contractors: SSTL
Equipment: X-band SAR
Configuration: SSTL-42
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 5 years
Mass: 140 kg
Orbit: 525 km SSO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
CarbSAR - 2024 with ?


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