RADARSAT-2: Keeping an eye on Earth
Capable of scanning the Earth at all times, day or night through any weather conditions, RADARSAT-2 has typically acquired more than 30,000 images a year since its launch in 2007. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency) More information
Responding to modern challenges
The RADARSAT-2 mission design and construction incorporates new capabilities that ensure Canada's continued leadership in the global marketplace for radar image data. The primary mission objective is the supply and distribution of data and products to meet the needs of present and future markets using a commercially viable approach. This is achieved by leveraging the knowledge and experience gained through the long and successful RADARSAT-1 mission while taking advantage of new technologies.
A key priority of the Canadian Space Program (CSP) is responding to the twin challenges of monitoring the environment and managing natural resources. The hardy, versatile RADARSAT Earth Observation satellites are a major data source for commercial applications and remote sensing science.
For managing natural resources and monitoring the environment in the 21st century, RADARSAT-2 is an indispensable tool. Scientific and commercial users in agriculture, cartography, hydrology, forestry, oceanography, and ice studies will greatly benefit from more readily accessible radar data.
RADARSAT products also provide valuable information for major application areas in coastal and marine surveillance, and security and foreign policy.
The CSP is committed to ensuring Canada's Earth observation community develops into a leading, profitable and sustainable business through the continued development of remote sensing technology and applications. RADARSAT-2 is proof positive of Canada's commitment to a vigorous knowledge economy through support for leading-edge research, the development of innovative technologies, and the establishment of public-private sector partnerships.
The ground segment
The many systems that form the RADARSAT-2 ground segment are housed in CSA facilities in Longueuil, Quebec, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in CCRS facilities in Gatineau, Quebec, and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and MDA headquarters in Richmond, British Columbia.
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