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Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Generic Space Technologies; Space Qualification Services and Awareness. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

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Canada's next-generation commercial radar satellite RADARSAT-2 was successfully launched on 14 December 2007. It offers powerful technical advancements that will enhance marine surveillance, ice monitoring, disaster management, environmental monitoring, resource management and mapping in Canada and around the world.

This project represents a unique collaboration between government and industry. MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) own and operate the satellite and ground segment. The Canadian Space Agency helped to fund the construction and launch of the satellite and will recover this investment through the supply of RADARSAT-2 data to the Government of Canada during the lifetime of the mission.

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RADARSAT-1 Satellite

RADARSAT-1 Satellite

RADARSAT was a sophisticated Earth observation (EO) satellite developed by Canada to monitor environmental changes and the planet's natural resources. Launched in November 1995, RADARSAT provided Canada and the world with an operational radar satellite system capable of timely delivery of large amounts of data. Equipped with a powerful synthetic aperture radar (SAR) instrument, it acquired images of the Earth day or night, in all weather and through cloud cover, smoke and haze.

Originally conceived to function for five years, RADARSAT-1 ceased operations in March 2013, surpassing its expected lifetime by 12 years. Archival images covering its 17 years of operation are still available.

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