Manufacture, Assembly, Integration and Testing
NovaSAR-1 was assembled, integrated and tested at the SSTL cleanroom facilities in Guildford.
NovaSAR-1 was launched into a 583km sun-synchronous orbit onboard the PSLV-C42 launch vehicle from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India on 16 September 2018 at 2:38 am AEST by Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation.
The commissioning phase of the mission was 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
- payload chain testing
- radiometric and geometric calibration and validation
- operational readiness testing
CSIRO was given access to the satellite for tasking images in late September 2019.
Nominal operations begin
Following the 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 Q1 2021. Detailed proposal procedures are 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.