Tag Archives: RADARSAT Constellation Mission

The RADARSAT Constellation mission is a Canadian government owned Earth Observation system with an initial three satellites whose primary instrument is a Synthetic Aperture Radar. The satellites are used for civil and defence purposes including:

 

– 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).

Free Trade Deal With Europe a Serious Cause for Concern for Canadian Space Industry

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) during the European Union-Canada Leaders’ Summit in Brussels, Belgium..

Free trade agreements are by their very nature a means of increasing trade between two or more countries. In the case of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the deal Prime Minister Trudeau signed in Brussels on October 30th could have a significant negative effect on Canada’s domestic space industry. Industry sources SpaceRef Canada spoke to are very concerned, with one saying …

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Op-Ed – The 2016 Canadian Budget is a Start But Action Must Follow Words for the Space Sector

The Federal Budget brought a mild surprise and welcome news to the space community in that the government provided a specific funding dollar amount to sustain Canada’s contribution to the International Space Station (ISS) through 2024. The previous government had committed Canada to participating in the ISS through 2024, but had yet to allocate funds to make it happen.

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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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The Transformation of MDA Into a Multinational Player – Part 1

RADARSAT Constellation Mission RCM

In 2007 MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) made the assessment that the domestic space market wasn’t growing and that there was no long-term commitment to space by the Conservative government. As well, access to the U.S. market, critical for growth, was being stymied by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and security issues. At the same time MDA’s Information Products group was growing …

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