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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:

  • flood monitoring
  • agricultural crop assessment
  • forest monitoring (temperate and rain forest)
  • land use mapping
  • disaster management
  • maritime applications
Nation: UK
Type / Application: Earth observation, radar
Operator: SSTL
Contractors: SSTL (bus); Airbus (payload)
Equipment: S-band SAR
Configuration: NovaSAR-S-S
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 7 years
Mass: 430 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
NovaSAR-S - 2018 Sr PSLV-XL with SSTL-S1, Flock-3r 1, ..., 16, Hiber 1, Reaktor Hello World, 3Cat 1