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.
|Type / Application:||Earth observation, passive radar|
|Equipment:||L-Band passive SAR|
|Power:||Deployable solar array, batteries|
|SAOCOM-CS||-||cancelled||Va SLC-4E||Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5)||with SAOCOM 1B, SARE-1B 1, SARE-1B 2, SARE-1B 3, SARE-1B 4|