Space Norway entering commercial radar satellite market with 4,000-km x 300-km swath, 3m-resolution UK MicroSAR

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The government of Norway, which already operates small maritime-surveillance satellites equipped with Automatic Information System (AIS) receivers to track ships, is now moving into wide-swath, medium-resolution radar with the purchase of the first of several synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellites.

But unlike the AIS program, the MicroSAR business is intended to provide commercial service worldwide, taking advantage of what Space Norway sees as a gap in today’s commercial offers. Satellite ground station network operator Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSat) will be in charge of commercial sales.

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