Argentine-Belgium Cooperation : SAOCOM Project

In 1997, Belgium and Argentina signed a cooperation agreement on space, which materialized with Belgium‟s participation to the SAOCOM project, in the framework of a specific agreement signed in 2000. The responsibility of the project was attributed to Centre Spatial de Liège (CSL) under Belspo financing.

SAOCOM is an Earth observation satellite system developed by CONAE (Comción Nacional de los Activitades Aerospaciales), the payload of which is a L-band full polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar(SAR). Two satellites are to be launched one year apart, starting end 2014. Together with the Italian Cosmo-Skymed satellites, they will constitute the X+L-band SIASGE system for disaster management.


 The CSL contribution to this project consist in :

  • The preparation and delivery to CONAE of the SAR interferometry (InSAR) and polarimetric SAR interferometry (PolInSAR) tools.
  • The development of a reference Stripmap/TOPSAR processor capable of handling a set of SAOCOM reference beams and imaging modes.
  • Participating in the various reviews (currently at CDR level) of the SAOCOM subsystem.


CSL attended the SAR instrument CDR at CONAE premises (Buenos Aires) in September 2011. The InSAR and PolInSAR tools were delivered at the end of 2011. The Stripmap SAR processor is due for end of 2012, while the TopSAR processor shall be delivered end of 2013.

An image of Buenos Aires focused by the current CSL SAR processor from ERS-1 raw data acquired at the Cordoba ground station is shown hereunder.


Signal Processing (100)

Buenos Aires

Contact(s) : Christian Barbier