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Earth observation satellite built in the UK launches

The first radar satellite fully built in the UK has been fired into orbit on an Indian rocket.

Launched successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, on 16 September, the NovaSAR-1 is able to see through clouds and image the world night and day.

The spacecraft, which was designed and built by Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL), will offer low-cost remote imaging to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) among others. Applications for its data include forestry mapping, land use and ice-cover monitoring, flood and disaster monitoring and maritime missions.

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