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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 Standard Beam Mode
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    Last update: 6 August 2019

    Standard 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 standard beam mode.

    Standard Beam Mode allows imaging over a wide range of incidence angles with a set of image quality characteristics which provides a balance between fine resolution and wide coverage, and between spatial and radiometric resolutions. Standard Beam Mode operates with any one of eight beams, referred to as S1 to S8. The nominal incidence angle range covered by the full set of beams is 20 degrees (at the inner edge of S1) to 52 degrees (at the outer edge of S8). Each individual beam covers a nominal ground swath of 100 km within the total standard beam accessibility swath of more than 500 km.

    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
    Standard SLC 8.0 or 11.8 x 5.1 9.0 or 13.5 x 7.7 100 x 100 20 - 52 1 x 1 Single Pol HH or VV or HV or VH
    - or -
    Dual Pol (only RADARSAT-2) (HH + HV) or (VV + VH)
    SGX 8.0 x 8.0 26.8 - 17.3 x 24.7 1 x 4
    SGF 12.5 x 12.5
    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)

    How to access this data

    Data are available after project proposal acceptance.

    Terms & Conditions applicable
    Utilisation of this data is subject to the Terms and Conditions for ESA's Third Party Missions scheme