The RADARSAT-2 satellite incorporates state-of-the-art technology and features
the most advanced commercially available radar imagery in the world. The
RADARSAT-2 program ensures the continuation of ... the original RADARSAT program
and the development of Canada's Earth Observation business sector.
RADARSAT-2 is a unique cooperation between the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and
MacDonald Dettwiler. The CSA is providing approximately 75% of the funding for
the development of the satellite and MacDonald Dettwiler is investing the
difference. MacDonald Dettwiler will own and operate the satellite and the
CSA's investment will be recovered through the supply of imagery to a number of
government agencies during the mission lifetime.
The design of RADARSAT-2 has been driven by the needs of the emerging Earth
Observation market, to provide users around the world with high-quality data
products. RADARSAT-2 will be capable of imaging at spatial resolutions ranging
from 3 to 100 meters with swath widths ranging from 20 to 500 kilometres.
RADARSAT-2 is also the first commercial radar satellite to offer
multi-polarization capability that aids in identifying a wide variety of
surface features and targets. The satellite is scheduled for launch in 2005 and
has a design life of 7 years.
RADARSAT-2 is a truly world-class mission and the next step in MacDonald
Dettwiler's goal to being a world-leading company in the delivery of a broad
range of information products and services to manage the scope of human
activities on our planet.
Altitude (average): 798 km
Period: 100.7 minutes
Ascending Node: 18:00 hrs
Sun-synchronous: 14 orbits per day
Repeat Cycle: 24 days
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[Summary provided by MacDonald Dettwiler.]