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How To Access Data

Project Proposal (Restrained)

  1. Go to the ESA User Services Portal
  2. Register or log in to EO Sign In
  3. After logging in, complete and submit the form with your proposed use of the data
  4. The proposal will be evaluated by ESA, which normally takes between 4 and 6 weeks
  5. Upon successful evaluation, you will receive a confirmation email, which describes the amount of data to be provided, and details of how to order the data.
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The collection is open for research and application development, prototype and test projects to worldwide users but Airbus DS can introduce limitation due to security regulations.

Data are available to order on demand upon submission of a Project Proposal subject to evaluation and acceptance by ESA and the data owner.

The collection is specifically for access to NovaSAR-1 new acquisition data. Users requiring access to NovaSAR-1 archive data may directly contact the Airbus service desk at

ESA will support as many high-quality and innovative projects as possible within the quota limit available, therefore only a limited amount of products can be allowed for each project.

Availability and restrictions to the use of the data are described in the Terms of Applicability document. Utilisation of this data is subject to ESA's Earth Observation TPM Terms and Conditions.

If you need help with the proposal form, consult this guide on how to access data requiring a project proposal.

For further information about the EO Sign In Service you can visit TellUs.

Should you need support to prepare your proposal or access the data, please contact EOHelp.


NovaSAR-1 new acquisition data are available in two baseline acquisition modes:

  • Stripmap – provides the highest resolution of 6 metres with up to 20 km swath selected from a 150 km field of regard, available in single polarisation.
  • ScanSAR – has a 20 - 30 metre resolution and up to 150 km swath. Available in single polarisation.

Within each of the baseline modes there are a variety of mode options that vary according to ground range resolution, incidence angles, swath width and the number of looks:


Acquisition ModePolarisationResolution (m)Swath Width (km)Incidence AnglesNumber of Looks
StripmapSingle: HH62016.0 – 25.38°3 (1 range, 3 azimuth)
13 – 2021.29 – 31.2°
Single: VV62016.0 – 25.38°3 (1 range, 3 azimuth)
13 – 2021.29 – 31.2°
ScanSARSingle: HH2010015.0 - 24.66°4 (2 range, 2 azimuth)
5024.51 - 28.94°
Single: VV2010015.0 – 24.66°4 (2 range, 2 azimuth)
5024.51 - 28.94°
Single: HH3015011.29 – 25.93°4 (2 range, 2 azimuth)
5527.35 - 32.01°
Single: VV3015011.29 – 25.93°4 (2 range, 2 azimuth)
5527.35 - 32.01°


NovaSAR-1 data are provided as a Level 2 (ARD) product as standard, but the accompanying Level 1 data may also be requested.

Level 1 – delivered as reconstructed, unprocessed instrument data at full resolution.

Level 2 (ARD) – delivered as a processed product with applied radiometric and geometric corrections i.e. orthorectification and spatial registration:

  • Geocoded Ellipsoid Corrected (GEC) – Maritime and ocean applications
  • Geocoded Terrain Corrected (GTC) – Land applications and change detection

Where available, associated automatic identification system (AIS) data may be requested alongside the NovaSAR-1 data products.



Spatial coverage:
90 N, -90 S, -180 W, 180 E
Temporal coverage:
2019-02-24 - present
Date of launch:
Mission status:
Orbit height:
583 km
Orbit type:
Swath width:
13 – 20 km (Stripmap), 50 – 150 km (ScanSAR)
High Resolution - HR (5 - 20 m), Medium Resolution - MR (20 - 500 m)
S-Band (9.1 – 9.7 cm)


Level 1, Level 2


Specific restrictions to the use of data may apply for TPMs according to the terms of applicability valid for each mission. Utilisation of this data is subject to ESA's Earth Observation Terms and Conditions.



Report Template

NovaSAR-1 PI Report Template

Report Template

Access Guide

NovaSAR-1 Terms of Applicability

Access Guide

Data Access Information

Guidelines for the submission of Project Proposal

Data Access Information

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