Program Timeline

Manufacture, Assembly, Integration and Testing

SSTL's Assembly, Integration and Test Hall

SSTL’s Assembly, Integration and Test Hall April 2015. Credit: SSTL/Max Alexander


NovaSAR-1 was launched into a 583km sun-synchronous orbit on board the PSLV-C42 launch vehicle from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India on 16 September 2018 at 2:38am AEST by Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation.

NovaSAR-1 PSLV-C42 Launch

NovaSAR-1 launch on PSLV-C42, 17 Sep 2018. Credit: ISRO/Antrix


Before full operations, the commissioning phase of the mission will be run by SSTL from their Guildford, UK based Satellite Operations Centre, for a period of 12 months, to conduct the following tests:

  • orbital manoeuvres
  • hardware and software testing
  • image calibration and validation
  • operational readiness testing
SSTL Spacecraft Operations Centre

SSTL’s Spacecraft Operations Centre, Guildford, UK. Credit SSTL/Max Alexander.

Operational testing

CSIRO was given access to the satellite for tasking images in October 2019.

Nominal operations begin

Following completion of commissioning and operational testing, the ongoing tasking and delivery of NovaSAR-1 images began in December 2019.

Proposal submissions open

CSIRO will begin accepting proposals for imaging requests in Q2 2020. Detailed proposal procedures will be provided here.

End of operations

With an expected lifetime of 7 years, NovaSAR-1 is due to operate until at least 2026. Many SSTL satellites have outlasted their expected lifetime so this may well be extended.