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[Image changes to show Dr Amy Parker talking to the camera, and text appears: Dr Amy Parker, Director, CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation]
Dr Amy Parker: Australia is one of the largest users of Earth observation data but historically we’ve relied on data provided by foreign satellites.
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[Images move through of the NovaSAR-1 orbiting the Earth in a facing view, and then the image changes to show a side view of the satellite orbiting the Earth]
Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has secured a 10% share of time on the Earth observation satellite NovaSAR-1 giving Australian scientists direct tasking control and allowing us to decide when and where data is collected over our region.
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The NovaSAR-1 satellite uses an advanced form of radar technology known as ‘Synthetic Aperture Radar’, or SAR.
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Rather than relying on sunlight, this means the satellite can take images of Earth at night and through all weather conditions, including heavy cloud and smoke.
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Being able to see through cloud is particularly useful in tropical regions or during rainfall events where heavy cloud cover blocks the view of optical satellites.
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The SAR sensor on board NovaSAR is different to other satellites, operating at what is called S-band.
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This presents exciting new opportunities for science and research.
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The satellite’s imaging capabilities can be directly used by Australian scientists, who can apply for satellite imaging time, or access thousands of images already collected that are available for free via the online NovaSAR-1 Data Hub.
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NovaSAR-1 is an additional tool we can use to map, monitor and manage Australian environments, observing changes over time and allowing us to better assess the impacts of climate change.
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Through our access to NovaSAR-1, we are also building important capabilities for our future.
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We’re developing new skills in our science community and we’re learning how to operate and manage satellites, allowing us to better support future Australian space programs.
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NovaSAR-1 is also helping to support new local space industries.
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Satellite data from NovaSAR-1 is downloaded directly to Australia using a receiving station near Alice Springs that’s operated by the Centre for Appropriate Technology, Australia’s first and only Aboriginal owned and operated ground segment service provider.
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[Images move through to show the NovaSAR-1 orbiting the Earth, a ship in the docks, a tractor pulling a chaser bin next to a harvester through a crop, and views of a facility near a coastal city]
Through our share of NovaSAR-1, CSIRO is increasing access to and the use of SAR data for applications in Australian science, and providing a valuable data advantage to the many Australian industries that are now harnessing the estimated $2.5 billion in economic benefits flowing from the Earth observation sector.
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NovaSAR-1 is an important step forward, securing and enhancing Australia’s Earth observation capability, both now, and well into the future.
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