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NovaSAR 1

NSSDCA ID: 2018-071B


NovaSAR 1, is the product of a public-private partnership between the British government, UK satellite-builder Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., and Airbus Defense and Space, which supplied the mission’s radar imaging payload from its facility in Portsmouth, England. NovaSAR 1’s S-band synthetic aperture radar, supported by solid-state power amplifiers, is the centerpiece of the tech demo mission, which aims to validate a radar imager lighter and more compact than those flown on most previous radar reconnaissance satellites. SSTL views NovaSAR as a pathfinder for future lightweight radar imaging satellites that can be developed at lower cost than similar missions in the past. The trend toward miniaturization in space technology has allowed engineers to fit a radar instrument into a smaller package, meaning the imager can fly on a cheaper satellite and rocket.

Alternate Names

  • 43619
  • NovaSAR1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2018-09-16
Launch Vehicle: PSLV-CA
Launch Site: Sriharikota, India
Mass: 430 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United Kingdom)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

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

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