Capacity Share

CSIRO and SSTL have agreed to a 10% capacity share of the tasking and acquisition time on the NovaSAR-1 satellite. This arrangement provides the opportunity for CSIRO to focus its share on R&D, training and building and developing new market opportunities for the access and use of the data and analysis. Access to the data will also stimulate joint operations and research between national and international institutions and can support international disaster response. Under the terms of the agreement, CSIRO has the right to direct the satellite’s activity, download data, process data, and make these data available to the wider research community.

The following organisations also have access to a percentage share:

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  • Catapult are operating the UK share on behalf of the UKSA
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  • ISRO are responsible for the capacity share for India
  • DOST-ASTI controls the Philippines portion of NovaSAR-1

Map showing NovaSAR-1 capacity share partners locations


Australian priority area of interest (AOI)

CSIRO can request NovaSAR-1 imagery from anywhere in the world, however, we have the priority to request images over Australia. Other partners may request images over our region, but CSIRO’s requests will be prioritised. Similarly, over the partners’ own regions, India, the Philippines and the UK, their requests will take priority over other partners requests, therefore if you have an interest in imaging over these areas we would suggest you contact the respective partner directly.

 CSIRO Priority AOI

Australia’s NovaSAR-1 Mission Plan

CSIRO will co-ordinate and prioritize data acquisition requests and mission planning to:

  1. Support national emergency data needs (e.g. disaster like fires and floods; maritime security).
  2. Support R&D projects for the Australia research community (including universities, government and strategic partners).
  3. Provide background acquisitions for Australia-wide wall-to-wall mapping. – When we are not obtaining images to fulfil user requests or facilitate CSIRO research, we will use the remaining capacity to produce strategic mapping over the whole of Australia. This will allow us to build up an extensive archive that will prove useful when temporal collections of data are required in the future.