Advancing Australia’s Earth Observation Imaging Radar Capacity - NovaSAR


Open Seminars

Thursday, 21 June
10:30am - 11:30am
@ Ecoscience Centre, Boggo Road, Brisbane


Monday, June 25
10:00am - 12:00pm
@ University of New South Wales, Kensington, Sydney

In October 2018, the NovaSAR satellite is scheduled for launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India. NovaSAR is an experimental low-cost satellite mission developed and operated by Surrey Satellite Technologies in the U.K. It carries an S-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and a maritime ship identification system (AIS). As a partner in the NovaSAR programme, Australia has purchased 10% of the satellite operational capacity, providing Australia with exclusive rights for acquisition programming and data downlink, processing and distribution over its national territory and other designated areas of interest.

For Australia, the NovaSAR partnership presents an opportunity to build new space R&D facilities and to stimulate new applications research in Earth observation, as well as to grow partnerships and potential commercial markets around this new capability. In the longer term it constitutes a pathfinder towards a potential future full-scale national satellite constellation.

The main objective of these seminars is to bring together national stakeholders (institutional, commercial, academic) to assess how to maximise the use of this new resource. The seminars will feature a brief introductory presentation on radar remote sensing for non-experts and provide a technical overview of the NovaSAR mission and expected capacity over Australia. It will include an informal open floor discussion to identify key thematic topics to address from an Australian perspective and to identify topics for which some NovaSAR test cases could be developed.

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Additional open seminars are expected to be announced/held before and after the October 2018 launch.