In July 2016, the CRCSI completed a joint international project to investigate challenges associated with satellite based radar data (Synthetic Aperture Radar or SAR).
This project was conducted on behalf of the UK Space Agency and led by the UK based Satellite Applications Catapult. A copy of the project report can be downloaded here.
The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space. It helps organisations make use of and benefit from satellite technologies, and brings together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.
Catapult is one of a network of elite centres established by Innovate UK to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic growth.
The CRCSI worked in conjunction with Geoscience Australia and CSIRO, along with UK companies CGG Services, NPA Mapping, Environment Systems and Carbomap and Aberystwyth University to investigate the technical and commercial feasibility of leveraging satellite derived services through a geospatial data infrastructure (ie Data Cube) for a number of Australian sectors including;
- Australian agriculture, particularly sugarcane and wheat
- National Forest Monitoring System service to public and private stakeholders within and outside Australia
- Operational water resource monitoring systems.
After completing the work, all partners are keen to continue the collaboration. As a starting point, the CRCSI has signed an MOU with Satellite Applications Catapult to begin building on current opportunities.