According to a recent study from market research firm Global Market Insights, the synthetic aperture radar market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $4 billion to over $9 billion by 2026, gaining remarkable traction over the 2020 to 2026 period.
Synthetic aperture radar is an emerging technology in remote sensing. The key advantage behind this technology is how it can produce high resolution images synthetically under any weather conditions, even in night. SAR technology has provided valuable information related to terrain to geologists for mineral exploration, ice hazard and sea state maps to navigators, oil spill boundaries on water to environmentalists, reconnaissance as well as targeting information to military operators.
Based on frequency, the market is classified into single frequency band and multi-frequency band. Among these, the single frequency band is further bifurcated into C band, S band, L band, K/Ku/Ka band and X Band.
C Band is mostly used for telecommunication and is much cheaper than other frequency bands.
Meanwhile, the S band frequency is likely to witness highest growth rate of over 11% owing to its usage in airport surveillance radar as well as space communication. S band frequency is used by NASA for communication with Space Shuttle and ISS. Moreover, S band frequency provides air traffic controllers with reliable as well as clear picture of air traffic within its coverage area.
The Ka band has a smaller wavelength, that means smaller components leading to smaller systems and antennas. The short wavelength results in high resolution, which allows Ka band to be used for close range radars as well. The band is also used for international space station communication by NASA.