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Can MDA maintain its commercial SAR lead?

The RADARSAT Constellation Mission satellites were recently installed on their dispenser and inserted into the rocket fairing at SpaceX facilities in Vandenberg Air Force Base

MDA is a leader in the development of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and the commercialization of the resulting data, but as one competitor put it in the fall of 2020, "the commercial SAR floodgates are only just now, this year, slamming open." Can MDA maintain its lead? This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology …

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MDA to invest in commercial synthetic aperture radar satellite

RADARSAT Constellation Mission RCM

MDA announced today that it will design and build a commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite for its own commercial use, a departure in how it has previously approached satellite development. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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Earth observation is hitting its stride: MDA

Space-based Earth Observation

A senior MDA executive says Earth observation (EO) is "on the brink of a really integrated and operational era" due to continued efforts from his company and others around the world. Within Canada, MDA is famous for its RADARSAT series of satellites – RADARSAT-1 (no longer operational after exceeding its design life), RADARSAT-2 (still working well after more than a dozen years in space) and …

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Maxar’s RADARSAT-2 Loses Use of its Gyroscope and Loses WorldView-4 Satellite

RADARSAT-2 painting

Canada’s only operational radar satellite, RADARSAT-2, has lost the use of its gyroscope and will now rely on the spacecraft’s three other types of sensors for attitude reference. And in just released news, Maxar announced today that the WorldView-4 satellite control moment gyros have failed and they don’t expect the spacecraft to recover.

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Conservative Party Letter Rips Into Liberal Government Over Space Program – Exclusive

Canada in Space

Lost in the noise of a possible trade war with our closet ally the U.S., is the fact that the Conservative Party has decided to take notice and complain about the ongoing wait for a new space strategy. The attention is in the form of a letter obtained by SpaceQ from Conservative MP Matt Jeneroux of Edmonton Riverbend, the official opposition critic for science in the …

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An Overview of Canadian Military Space in 2014 – Part 1

Arguably 2014 was a watershed year in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) military space program. Up until this year the military space program was focused on delivering capability that could be used by the Navy, Army and Air Force as joint force enablers but rarely were those capabilities tightly integrated into operations, nor were they exploited to their maximum advantage. To do so requires a …

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