I am not exactly sure to understand. You mean that I should request it directly to CONAE ? Because reading @lveci’s answer, I have the feeling that it may lead to two parallel developments of the exact same functionality for the exact same software.
To clarify, ESA is responsible for SNAP development and supporting our own SAR sensors is our 1st priority. We add support for 3rd party sensors based on priorities and number of potential users. As SNAP is open source 3rd parties are free to donate readers for their sensors in order to support for their users. This happened already with NovaSAR (thank you Airbus!).
From my point of view and if I am allowed two share my two cents, I would say that even if ESA sensors should clearly be the top 1 priority, giving the tools that enables users to use others sensors is also beneficial for the Sentinels, because the sensors are not competing each other but rather complete themselves quite well. The situation is however inversed when looking at RS softwares.
Sentinel-1 is not and will never be a full quadpol L-band SAR. Giving the tools to use SAOCOM directly at launch encourages users to use SNAP, because it will allow them to mix so many sensors all-together.
RCM, RISAT, PAZ will be available in SNAP 7 released in May.
SAOCOM will likely not be available since I haven’t yet seen any sample data. If anyone has access to some data please send it my way if possible.
The SAOCOM 1-A satellite was developed by CONAE (Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales) in partnership with Belgium and Italy.
Well…also ALOS PALSAR2 is not so easy to get data, so as alternative… SAOCOM works also in L-band, so for studying phenomena with InSAR I believe that SAOCOM could help in very vegetated areas, such as volcanoes, landslides in montains… etc
I believe that all data is always useful… but being used with the right tools. That is why I was curious where SNAP stands and which plans have regarding processing SAOCOM data.
We’ve been waiting for ever to get some SAOCOM data. Now apparently we still have to wait for some NDA legal process just for sample data. As soon as that is out of the way we’ll be able to add support in SNAP for SAOCOM. It shouldn’t be this hard.
I’ve got some SLC SAOCOM images since I requested them to CONAE as part of a project, where I intend to do interferometry. The tutorials in CONAE website are not useful for SLC images, my SNAP version is 7.0 and I cannot open them, is there a newer version?