For further information relating to NovaSAR-1 please use the links below. More information will be added when it becomes available.

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Information

A Layman’s Interpretation Guide to L-band and C-band SAR data 

This guide outlines some basic concepts of radar remote sensing, presents some commonly used SAR datasets, and provides some examples of how a few different land cover types may appear in SAR imagery. This document was developed under funding from the CEOS Systems Engineering Office (SEO). [PDFNov 2018

A. Moreira, P. Prats-Iraola, M. Younis, G. Krieger, I. Hajnsek and K. P. Papathanassiou, A Tutorial on Synthetic Aperture Radar in IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 6-43, Mar 2013. doi: 10.1109/MGRS.2013.2248301 [PDF]

Free Online Courses:

The first Massive Open Online Course on Radar Remote Sensing (starts Sep 2019) – EO College

The Applications and Benefits of Synthetic Aperture Radar – Harris Geospatial Solutions Nov 2018

Land and Sea Applications Using SAR – Harris Geospatial Solutions Jan 2019

A Deeper Dive into SAR: Agriculture and Land Surface Deformation – Harris Geospatial Solutions Apr 2019

Introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar – NASA ARSET 2018

Advanced Webinar: SAR for Landcover Applications – NASA ARSET 2019

e-Learning: Radar Basics and SAR Basics – SkyRadar


The following links provide access to software with which you can view NovaSAR-1 passes, model coverages, process and analyse the data. CSIRO do not endorse or offer support for any of these programs – the information is provided to help proposers make to most of NovaSAR-1 data.

Satellite Modelling/Pass Viewing

COVE CEOS Visualization Environment

SaVoir  Multi-Satellite Swath Planner produced by Taitus

Systems Tool Kit (STK) produced by AGI

Remote Sensing Analysis

SNAP Sentinel Application Platform produced by Brockmann Consult, Array Systems Computing and C-S

NovaSAR Product Reader is available as a SNAP Extension which can be installed via (Tools->Plugins->Available Plugins).  It can also be manually downloaded here

GAMMA SAR processing software produced by Gamma Remote Sensing

NovaSAR-1 Readers are available in Gamma

ENVI Geospatial analytics produced by Harris Geospatial

ERDAS IMAGINE Geospatial data authoring produced by Hexagon Geospatial

IDL Scientific programming language produced by Harris Geospatial Solutions

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)


ArcGIS Mapping and analytics suite produced by ESRI

GlobalMapper GIS application produced by Blue Marble Geographics

MapInfo Desktop mapping and spatial analytics software produced by Pitney Bowes

Open Source






Partners and contributors

Airbus – SAR payload producer

Antrix – Launch provider

DOST – Capacity share partner

Honeywell AerospaceAIS payload provider

ISRO – Capacity share partner

Satellite Applications Catapult – Capacity share partner

SSTL – NovaSAR-1 owner and operator

UK Space Agency – Capacity share partner



A/D Analog-to-digital
AIS Automatic Identification System
ATNF Australia Telescope National Facility
BNSC British National Space Centre
CCEO Centre for Earth Observation
CCSDS Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems
COTS Commercial off-the-shelf
CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
DOST Department of Science and Technology
DRFS Direct Radio Frequency Sampling
EEZ Exclusive Economic Zone
ESA European Space Agency
GIS Geographic Information Systems
GS Ground Station
ISRO Indian Space Research Organisation
LTAN Local Time Ascending Node
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
OPAL Online Proposal Applications & Links
RADAR Radio Detection And Ranging
SAR Synthetic Aperture Radar
SSTL Surrey Satellite Technology Limited
UKSA United Kingdom Space Agency
VHF Very High Frequency