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UK’S ‘EYE IN THE SKY’ TO TACKLE OIL SPILLS, ILLEGAL SHIPPING
The UK has unveiled the first images from a new satellite which can see through clouds and image the Earth round the clock to help stop oil spills and illegal shipping.
NovaSAR-1, the first Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite made in the UK, can detect oil spills in the oceans, help spot suspicious shipping activity and monitor the effects of deforestation.
“This ‘eye in the sky’ can capture an image a dozen times wider than the Strait of Dover and the data it provides can help crack problems from illegal shipping to alerting us to damaging pollution that needs to be countered,” Sam Gyimah, Science Minister, said.
NovaSAR-1 has 3 imaging modes that create images with higher definition for precision applications including monitoring disasters and deforestation, and it also has a maritime mode and AIS receiver.
The satellite’s dedicated maritime mode allows it to monitor an area of ocean 400 km wide. This allows ships to be detected by radar and compared with their ship tracking data, with discrepancies between the two highlighting potentially illegal activity.