A NEW first-of-its kind satellite image of the UK has shown the North East in all its glory in this high-resolution image.

The image, taken by NovaSAR-1 using Synthetic Aperture Radar has captured Darlington, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and other major towns and cities in the North East in all their glory.

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Viewers can see major cities and populated areas, offshore wind farms in the North sea, key bridges, shipping, national parks, as well as major airports.

You can see the full resolution image here

The NovaSAR-1 is the first SAR spacecraft designed and manufactured entirely in the UK and is the worlds firs commercial SAR satellite to be operated at a 10:30 equator.

NovaSAR-1 images use Synthetic Aperture Radar, a powerful tool for monitoring the Earth from space due to its ability to see through clouds and image the Earth night and day.

In December the satellite was tasked to image the United Kingdom and the seven downloaded images have been stitched together into a mosaic corresponding to an area of approximately 938 x 730 miles or 685,000 square miles.

NovaSAR-1 was reportedly designed and manufactured by SSTL, with an S-Band SAR payload developed by Airbus Defence and Space in Portsmouth and an Automatic Identification Receiver supplied by Honeywell Aerospace.

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Take a look at the North East below with major towns and cities labelled and unlabelled:

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