SuperView Constellation: China to Launch SAR Satellites

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A lot of people have been asking about this – there is little information but we are tracking it. We do not know anything about the size, resolution, NESZ price or purpose.

What we Know: “The SuperView constellation, called “16+4+4+X”, is projected to comprise of 16 optical satellites with 0.5m resolution, four higher resolution satellites, four synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites and a fleet of satellites with video and hyper spectral cameras,” the China Great Wall Industry Corporation wrote in a statement wrote in a statement. “The entire constellation will be completed by the end of 2022.”

The Sanyan Institute of Remote Sensing said the mission would start in 2019, when it would launch three optical satellites. After that, it will add another three optical satellites, two hyperspectral satellites and two SAR satellites to complete the Satellite Constellation Programme by 2021, for conducting round-the-clock remote-sensing over the tropical sea area.

Xinhua news agency quoted Yang Tianliang, director of the institute, as saying that the network was calculated to broadly cover the area between 30 degrees north and south of the equator.
Yang said the programme would provide scientific support for China’s initiative of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and emergency response efforts at sea.

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