Every single day, Canadian and international satellites are meeting the needs of multiple users, in Canada and around the world.
To learn more, see Satellites in our everyday lives
Earth Observation Satellites
By observing the Earth from space, satellites provide essential information on ocean, ice, land environments, and the atmosphere. Earth-observation satellites help us monitor and protect our environment, manage our resources, and ensure the safety and security of Canadians. Satellite imagery and expertise is also used to support global humanitarian efforts and sustainable development.
Communications satellites are the most economical way to connect Canadian communities, even the most remote, with the advanced services needed to compete in the global knowledge economy.
- Assisting search and rescue teams
- Providing ships and aircraft with geopositioning information
- Beaming instructors to classrooms across the country
Science Satellites and Spacecraft
Canada is renowned for the exceptional instruments on its science satellites. Some of these expand our understanding of the origin, formation, structure, and evolution of celestial bodies and the universe. Others study the physics and effects of phenomena such as aurora borealis on Earth's magnetic field.
A CubeSat is a miniature squared-shape satellite that is revolutionizing access to space. This new platform rapidly expanded beyond educational purposes and created its own niche with government, industry and academia.
To learn more, see CubeSat
Disasters such as earthquakes, floods, wildfires and oil spills can be devastating. From predicting some disasters before they occur to providing critical information and services to responders on the ground, satellites are essential to effective planning and relief operations.
As a member of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters", Canada provides satellite imagery to help mitigate the effects of natural disasters.
To learn more, see our Natural Disasters webpage.
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