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21st of September 2018
Launch of NovaSAR satellite
Last Monday morning the NovaSAR-1 satellite was delivered into orbit from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India by Antrix Corporation – the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation. NovaSAR-1 carries an advanced form of radar technology known as S-band Synthetic Aperture Radar, or S-band SAR, which will provide high-resolution images of Earth from space. Australia is one of the world’s largest users of satellite-derived data, with most of that data coming from foreign satellites, and so CSIRO has secured a 10 per cent share of tasking and acquisition time on NovaSAR-1 over the next seven years. This provides significant opportunities to support a wide range of existing research, further develop Australia’s Earth observation data analytics expertise, and stimulate new commercial exploitation of this data. CSIRO will operate our share of satellite time as a national research facility, which will be managed by the new CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation that sits within our space research group. More details are available from this CSIRO blog post. (Image credit: ISRO/Antrix)

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