RISAT available to Copernicus users
Image aquired by the Indian satellite RISAT-1 over Brazil (©ISRO 2014)
KSAT, Kongsberg Satellite Services and ESA, European Space Agency are pleased to announce that data acquired by RISAT-1, the C-band radar satellite owned by the Government of India and operated by ISRO, will be available to Copernicus users as of 18 May 2016.
Both archived data and new acquisitions will be used to fulfil users' orders as per Data Warehouse Phase 2 Data Access Portfolio (DAP). In addition to the capabilities of other currently available C-band sensors (multi-resolution, multi-polarization, night and weather independent), RISAT-1 is the first of its kind to include a circular polarization mode, opening new horizons in terms of land and ocean feature detection and characterisation.
KSAT has extensive experience within the use of satellite data for operational monitoring, having provided detection services for more than 20 years. Due to the unique global ground station network, KSAT is able to collect satellite data from anywhere in the world shortly after time of acquisition and with in-house processing equipment for multiple satellite missions, including RISAT, provide the data in near-real time.
KSAT has successfully developed the standard interfaces to the Coordinated Data Access System (CDS) for the delivery of EO data to CSCDA and will, as the only reseller and distributor of RISAT-1 data outside India, be provider of Risat-1 data to Copernicus users.