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Canada’s Next-generation RADARSAT Satellite Constellation Successfully Launches to Space

12 Jun 2019, 18:07 UTC
Canada’s Next-generation RADARSAT Satellite Constellation Successfully Launches to Space
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Radarsat constellation (Credit: CSA)
Longueuil, Quebec, June 12, 2019 (CSA PR) – Canada’s RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) was launched successfully into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 10:17 a.m. Eastern time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
The constellation of three satellites will provide daily images of Canada’s vast territory and maritime approaches, as well as images of the Arctic, up to four times a day. It will have daily access to 90 per cent of the world’s surface. The RCM is also equipped with an Automatic Identification System (AIS), allowing improved detection and tracking of ships, including those conducting illegal fishing.

For more than two decades, Canada’s world-leading RADARSAT satellites have been providing scientists, government and industry with crucial and continuous data for a wide variety of uses. The RCM will provide a transformational new capability that will be used by researchers to develop solutions to help better understand our planet and by governments to deliver enhanced and reliable services to Canadians.
RCM data will be used in innovative applications that benefit Canadians, including:

Monitoring climate change, land use evolution and even human impacts on the environment by highlighting changes over time through composite images.
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