This fall Canada will launch three identical large Synthetic Aperture Radar satellites, the RADARSAT Constellation Mission. At the moment they are being integrated at MDA’s Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue facility on the island of Montreal.
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) worked with MDA to provide the public an inside, and rare look, at the integration of the satellites as part of the CSA’s Ask an Expert series.
According to the CSA “the three-satellite configuration will provide daily revisits of Canada’s vast territory and maritime approaches, as well as daily access to 90% of the world’s surface.”
The RADATSAT Constellation Mission is being designed for three primariy uses:
- Maritime surveillance (ice, surface wind, oil pollution and ship monitoring);
- Disaster management (mitigation, warning, response and recovery); and
- Ecosystem monitoring (agriculture, wetlands, forestry and coastal change monitoring).
Watch the Ask an Expert segment
The Ask an Expert event was hosted by CSA engineer Magdalena Wierus with MDA engineer Jean-Michel Lévesque providing insights and answers to viewer questions.