Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C / X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar

Shuttle Imaging Radar antenna Shuttle Imaging Radar antenna

Shuttle Imaging Radar antenna. Image Credit: NASA/JPL
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Mission Summary

First launched a decade after its predecessors, Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C was coupled with the German-built X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar to image Earth in three different wavelengths.

The instrument flew on two separate shuttle missions (STS-59 and STS-68, respectively) and collected data on terrestrial soil moisture content, ocean dynamics, volcanism and tectonic activity, and soil erosion and desertification.

Acronym: SIR-C / X-SAR
Type: Instrument
Status: Past
Launch Date: April 09, 1994
7:05 a.m. EDT (11:05 UTC)
Launch Location: Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Mission End Date: October 11, 1994
Target: Earth