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The ASNARO (Advanced Satellite with New system Architecture for Observation) program has been outlined to demonstrate the versatility of NEXTAR by employing the platform for three different instrument payloads: ASNARO-1 carries a high-resolution optical imaging system reaching a ground resolution better than 0.5 meters, ASNARO-2 – launched on Wednesday – hosts a high-performance Synthetic Aperture Radar and the ASNARO-3 mission will carry a specialized hyperspectral sensor.

ASNARO-2 can achieve a ground resolution exceeding one meter when operating in high-resolution mode, covering a ten-Kilometer ground frame. Utilizing the satellite’s agile attitude control system, ASNARO-2 can operate in ScanSAR mode and scan adjacent ground strips to cover a swath width of over 50 Kilometers at a moderate resolution of around 16 meters.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2018-01-17
    Launch Vehicle: Epsilon
    Launch Site: Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
    Mass: 570 kg

    Funding Agency

    • Unknown Japan


    • Technology Applications
    • Earth Science

    Additional Information

    Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office



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