Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Trio of Canadian RADARSAT Constellation satellites launched and deployed

Trio of Canadian RADARSAT Constellation satellites launched and deployed

The so-called Radarsat Constellation Mission's three satellites will be used to image planet Earth in radio-wavelength light.

The satellites, built by Maxar Technologies' MDA division, are created to observe Earth from sun-synchronous orbit using C-band synthetic aperture radar.

Original story: This morning, SpaceX is set to launch its sixth Falcon 9 mission of 2019 out of southern California, sending three identical Canadian satellites into orbit.

SpaceX Wednesday recovered the first stage with a controlled landing back at its landing pad at Vandenberg.

It is worth noting that this flight was the first stage of the launch vehicle, the Falcon 9 second: in March, she was involved in the launch of the Crew Dragon.

The RADARSAT Constellation Mission is Canada's newest generation of radar Earth observation satellites that will contribute to a better understanding of Canada's land and natural resources.


Two RCM satellites have made it to Earth orbit so far - Radarsat-1 operated from 1995 through 2013, and Radarsat-2 launched in December 2007.

The Canadian Space Agency said the satellites will be able to scan Canada and its surrounding seas several times each day.

Working together, the RADARSAT satellites-built by Vancouver-based company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, a subsidiary of Colorado firm Maxar Technologies-will monitor Canada's vast territory and the surrounding oceans daily, taking hundreds of thousands of images every year. The new satellites will form a Radarsat foursome.

Data pulled from the satellites will be used for a variety of information, including monitoring climate change, ice melt and maritime surveillance to help the country's defense force, according to the agency's website.

SpaceX released a blooper reel on Thursday, September 14, of its Falcon 9 rocket failing to land during testing.

SpaceX is the only rocket company that safely lands boosters after launching orbital missions.

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