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CSIRO’s investment in a new national research facility for earth observation research and applications


Successful Launch!

NovaSAR-1 was launched in the early hours of Monday 17 September (AEST) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India, Antrix Corporation – the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO – delivered the new NovaSAR-1 satellite into orbit on PSLV-C42.

CSIRO has secured access to NovaSAR-1, a new satellite mission developed by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in the UK. NovaSAR-1 will carry an S-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and an Automatic Identification System (AIS) for maritime surveillance, and will be operated by CSIRO as a national research facility in support of Australian research.

The NovaSAR-1 satellite during assembly in the clean room in Guildford, U.K. Credit: SSTL

As a partner in the NovaSAR-1 mission, CSIRO has purchased 10% of the satellite operational capacity, providing Australia with exclusive rights for acquisition tasking and data downlink over our region, as well as processing and near real-time distribution over our national territory and other designated areas of interest. This capacity will enable data provision to users in near real-time – something not previously possible.