This SAR constellation will offer improved capabilities for precise monitoring of highly dynamic surface movements thanks to an interferometric repeat cycle reduced to an average of four to seven days, instead of eleven days currently. In addition, numerous data-intensive and time-critical tasks, as in the areas of defence and security, will directly benefit from this new constellation with daily revisits. Additionally, PAZ will also be equipped with an Automatic Identification System (AIS), allowing, for the first time, to simultaneously capture ships AIS signals and SAR imagery, increasing maritime domain monitoring capacities worldwide.
Airbus Defence and Space, as prime contractor, integrated the PAZ satellite at its facilities in Madrid, and was also responsible of the development of the radar instrument, leading a group of more than ten European companies. The SAR constellation will expand Airbus Defence and Space’s already broad constellation services also comprising the optical satellites SPOT 6/7, Pléiades 1A & 1B and the DMC Constellation.