RADARSAT-1, which stopped transmitting because of a technical anomaly in March 2013, was equipped with synthetic aperture radar (SAR), a powerful microwave instrument. It transmitted and received signals for capturing high quality images of the Earth night and day and in all-weather conditions. RADARSAT-1’s SAR transmitted a microwave energy pulse (C-band at 5.3 GHz frequency) to Earth, and the SAR measured the amount of energy reflected back to the satellite from the Earth’s surface.
The RADARSAT-1 SAR instrument was able to shape and steer its radar beam using C-band. A wide variety of beam widths were available to capture swaths of 45 to 500 kilometers, with a range of 8 to 100 meters in resolution and incidence angles of 10 to 60 degrees.
A restricted data access agreement is required to get Level 0, Level 1, or SLC data.
- SAR — synthetic aperture radar
- Worldwide coverage, with extensive coverage of Arctic Ocean sea ice
- Datapool contains ASF standard beam odd frames, as well as the first and last frame of each imaged swath
- Datapool contains all Fine Beam 1 frames
- CEOS — Level 0 and Level 1 framed
- Level 0 (unprocessed/raw data)
- Level 1 (amplitude — processed images)
- Left looking
- Antarctica mosaics — open access
RADARSAT-1 Level 1 Standard Beam Data Coverage
RADARSAT-1 Level 1 Fine Beam Data Coverage
RADARSAT-1 Level 1 ScanSAR Wide Beam Data Coverage
Radarsat-1 Technical Specs
|Fine Mode||Standard Mode||ScanSAR Mode|
|Frequency/wavelength||5.3 GHz/C-band 5.6 cm|
|Range Resolution||8 m||30 m||50-100 m|
|Swath Width||45 km||100 km||300-500 km|
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|© CSA [year of data acquisition]||© CSA 2002|