A NEW, one-of-a-kind satellite image of the UK has shown the North East in all its glory in this high resolution image.
The image, taken by NovaSAR-1 using Synthetic Aperture Radar, captured Darlington, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and other major North East towns in all their glory.
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Viewers can see major cities and populated areas, offshore wind farms in the North Sea, major bridges, shipping, national parks, as well as major airports.
You can see the full resolution image here
The NovaSAR-1 is the first SAR spacecraft designed and manufactured entirely in the UK and is the world’s first commercial SAR satellite to operate at a 10:30 equator.
NovaSAR-1 images use Synthetic Aperture Radar, a powerful tool for monitoring Earth from space due to its ability to see through clouds and image Earth day and night.
In December the satellite was tasked with imagery of the UK and the seven downloaded images were stitched together into a mosaic corresponding to an area of approximately 938 x 730 miles or 685,000 square miles.
NovaSAR-1 was reportedly designed and manufactured by SSTL, with an S-band SAR payload developed by Airbus Defense and Space in Portsmouth and an automatic identification receiver supplied by Honeywell Aerospace.
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Take a look northeast below with major towns labeled and unlabeled:
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