The RADARSAT Constellation Mission is less than a week away from its scheduled launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force base in California.
Leading up to the launch SpaceQ had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Steve Iris, the RADARSAT Constellation Mission Manager at the Canadian Space Agency
In today’s SpaceQ podcast we’ll be discussing the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, its primary uses and benefits to Canadians and the international community. RCM is a $1.2B mission follow-on to the very successful RADARSAT-1 and RADARSAT-2 satellites.
The RADARSAT Constellation Mission is a trio of synthetic aperture radar satellites that will be used for maritime surveillance, disaster management and ecosystem monitoring.
It’s important to understand how widely the data from RCM will be used. Here is the list of government organizations that will use the data.
- Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
- National Defence, Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF)
- Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada & Coast Guard (DFO/CCG)
- Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
- Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
- Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
- National Research Council (NRC)
- Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
- Parks Canada
- Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
- Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness (PSEP)
- Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
- Transport Canada
The trio of satellites are currently scheduled to launch on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:17 a.m. EDT. The mission has been 15 years in the making.
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