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Instrument type
  • SAR
  • Mission
    Date of Launch:
    04 November 1995
    Mission Status:
    Orbit Height:
    793-821 km
    Orbit type:
    Swath Width:
    18 - 500 km
    RADARSAT-1 & 2 Fine Beam Mode
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    Last update: 6 August 2019

    Fine is one of the beam modes in which the RADARSAT-1 & 2 SAR can operate. But while RADARSAT-2 can operate in single and dual polarisation for this beam mode, RADARSAT-1 operates only in single polarisation for the fine beam mode.

    The Fine Resolution Beam Mode is intended for applications which require finer spatial resolution. Products from this beam mode have a nominal ground swath of 50 km. Nine Fine Resolution physical beams, F23 to F21, and F1 to F6 are available to cover the incidence angle range from 30 to 50 degrees. For each of these beams, the swath can optionally be centred with respect to the physical beam or it can be shifted slightly to the near or far range side. Thanks to these additional swath positioning choices, overlaps of more than 50% are provided between adjacent swaths.

    BEAM MODE PRODUCT Nominal Pixel Spacing

    Range x Azimuth


    Range x Azimuth

    Nominal Scene Size

    Range x Azimuth

    Range of Angle of Incidence

    No. of Looks

    Range x Azimuth
    Fine SLC 4.7 x 5.1 5.2 x 7.7 50 x 50 30 - 50 1 x 1 Single Pol HH or VV or HV or VH
    - or -
    Dual Pol (only RADARSAT-2) (HH + HV) or (VV + VH)
    SGX 3.13 x 3.13 10.4 - 6.8 x 7.7 1 x 4
    SGF 6.25 x 6.25
    SSG, SPG

    See Product Specifications for details on the processing levels.

    Data Set Specifications
    Spatial coverage: 90 N, 90 S, 180 W, 180 E
    Temporal coverage: Nov 1993 - Mar 2013 (RADARSAT-1)
    Temporal coverage: Dec 2007 - present (RADARSAT-2)
    Processing level
    Path image (SLC, SGX, SGF, SSG, SPG)

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