NovaSAR: UK radar satellite launches to track illegal shipping activity
16 September 2018
The first all-British radar satellite has launched to orbit on an Indian rocket.
Called NovaSAR, it has the ability to take pictures of the surface of the Earth in every kind of weather, day or night.
The spacecraft will assume a number of roles but its designers specifically want to see if it can help monitor suspicious shipping activity.
Image credit: SSTL/Airbus/ISRO - S1-4 and NovaSAR pictured just before being enclosed at the top of their Indian rocket