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KSAT SAR Project


Satellite company KSAT, in partnership with exactEarth Europe, Fisheries Analytical Capacity Tank and the World Bank, worked on a project to provide fisheries authorities in West Africa with SAR data from multiple satellites. The goal of the project was to strengthen authorities’ capacity to reduce illegal fishing by providing essential data for analysis. SAR images are able to detect suspicious vessels regardless of inconsistencies or fabrication of VMS or Automat Identification System (AIS) signals.

Comparing notes: Vessels detected on the SAR images are correlated with AIS reports from KSAT's partners. The resulting analysis provides the exact position, estimated size, heading and speed of the detected vessel.

Next up: The campaign has been completed and the final reports from this project will be available sometime in 2016.


Hardware: 80+ satellites operating at S, X, C, and L frequencies, 100+ antennas located at ground stations worldwide

Liberia and Senegal.
  • Company: Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT)

  • Type: Synthetic Aperture Radar

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