On September 16, 2018, the NovaSAR satellite was launched 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, CSIRO 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 full-scale national satellite constellation.

These workshops bring national stakeholders from government and industry research and academic institutions together to present NovaSAR and identify how we can most effectively collaborate to share the advantages of this new resource. The seminar will feature a brief introductory presentation on radar remote sensing and a technical overview of the NovaSAR mission. The workshops will also provide an opportunity to discuss key thematic topics and priority test cases to showcase NovaSAR’s capabilities. We look forward to meeting everyone who wishes to learn more about how NovaSAR can support your Earth observation information needs.

The workshops run from 9am to 12.30pm, with the option for further discussions in the afternoons.


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Dates available from 26 Nov 2018 until 30 Nov 2018

Event date: 26Nov 2018

Monday 26 Nov 2018

Perth: CSIRO Floreat Auditorium

  • 9.00am - 12.30pm

Underwood Ave, Floreat WA
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Event date: 28Nov 2018

Wednesday 28 Nov 2018

Melbourne: Conference Auditorium, CSIRO Parkville

  • 9.00am - 12.30pm

343 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC
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Event date: 30Nov 2018

Friday 30 Nov 2018

Canberra: CSIRO Black Mountain Site, Waterhouse Lecture Theatre

  • 9.00am - 12.30pm

Building 101, Clunies Ross St, Acton ACT
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Time Activity
Morning session
09:00 Welcome
09:10 Background to the Australian NovaSAR initiative
09:20 Australian SAR application examples
09:40 SAR Data Cube and Analysis-Ready Data
10:00 NovaSAR: technical specifications and strategic acquisition plan for Australia
10:30 Morning tea
11:00 NovaSAR ground segment and plans for data dissemination
11:20 Activities and infrastructure supporting calibration of SAR data in Australia
11:40 NovaSAR R&D programme for Australia
12:00 Open floor discussion & Q&A
12:30 Adjourn

Afternoon session (optional)
13:30 Discussion on potential key application areas for NovaSAR
14:00 NovaSAR observation mode requirements
14:30 Open floor discussions
~15:00 Adjourn