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11 April 2022. University of Leeds UK SAR Conference held at NEXUS.

UK SAR Workshop was presented by Space Hub Yorkshire

SAR – Synthetic Aperture Radar – an active imaging process with applications to environment, civil and defence sectors. SAR sensors can be hosted on satellites, drones or in-situ and have the ability to ‘see through clouds’, meaning that SAR imagery of the Earth can be constructed when optical imagery cannot, e.g. when it’s cloudy or at night.

With the new National Space Strategy and Defence Space Strategy, there is a big need for the UK to develop its SAR capability as we seek to expand both our civil and defence use of Space data. The UK has world-renowned expertise in SAR, and this workshop is particularly timely because of the status of the UK involvement in Copernicus and the potential failure of ESA SAR satellite Sentinel-1b.

Space Hub Yorkshire hosted a one-day UK SAR Workshop on Monday 11th April 2022 to stimulate discussions across the academic, commercial, civil, and defence communities. This was held at Nexus, University of Leeds, with the option to join virtually.

This was a great opportunity to bring the whole UK community together, organised by a committee of multiple national stakeholders leading on SAR.