NovaSAR-1 facility update

Our share in the NovaSAR-1 Earth observation satellite is officially an all-Aussie operation. The Centre for Appropriate Technology (CfAT) ground station is now downlinking all the data from NovaSAR-1.

CfAT is Australia’s first and only Aboriginal owned and operated ground segment service provider. CfAT Satellite Enterprises manages the ground station on Arrernte country near Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and partners with service providers to support outcomes for Indigenous communities around Australia.

We’ve just closed the latest round of tasking applications for NovaSAR-1. New acquisition proposals are open for Australian research and industry, or international applicants who have partnered with an Australia-based organisation.  Time will be awarded on a merit and national priority basis.

And, because three is a good number, we’d also like to share another achievement: our first continent-wide mosaic built of images taken entirely by NovaSAR-1 – which uses radar, not light, so can ‘see’ through clouds and smoke and be tasked at night.  A lot of work was required to ensure full coverage and to stitch the imagery together.

July2022 NovaSAR-1 continental mosaic

Australia as seen by NovaSAR’s radar eyes.

Users can access over 2800 archived images, covering the Australian continent and beyond, via NovaSAR-1’s Datahub, which is updated daily.

May 2022