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SARah 1

SARah 1 [Astrium]

SARah is the planned follow-on system for the SAR-Lupe radar satellite constellation operated by the German armed forces (Bundeswehr). SARah consists of one active phased array-antenna satellite built by EADS Astrium and two passive reflector antenna satellites provided by OHB-System. This system is planned to provide a higher resolution than the predecessor SAR-Lupe. Authorisation of the program is planned for June 2013.

The SARah 1, the first component of the SARah system, is reportedly based on the TerraSAR-X satellite. It reportedly shares many features with the proposed civilian follow-on to TerraSAR-X. Two passive-antenna SARah satellites will fly in formation with the active-antenna spacecraft.

The three satellite constellation is planned at a cost of 800 million Euro.

The satellite will be launched with a co-passenger on a Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) booster between November 2020 and September 2021.

Nation: Germany
Type / Application: Reconnaissance, Radar
Operator: Bundeswehr
Contractors: EADS Astrium → Airbus Defence and Space
Equipment: Phased-array SAR
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: ~ 4000 kg
Orbit: 750 km × 750 km, 98.4
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SARah 1 2022-063A 18.06.2022 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5)
Further German military SAR missions:

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