Phase A accomplishments
The RADARSAT Constellation mission completed its Phase A in 2007. During this phase, the initial design concept was completed based on the User Requirements developed by the Canadian User and Science Team in collaboration with the International User Team. These requirements are meant as guidelines in the conduct of mission definition studies.
In addition, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has drafted a Mission Requirements Document (MRD), which translates user requirements into mission requirements that the industry team must address in designing the mission concept. At the system level, the industry team has drafted a System Requirements Specification (SRS), which translates the higher level mission requirements into detailed system requirements.
During Phase B the design concept was refined and the preliminary design of the satellites completed. CSA continued consultations with other Canadian Government Departments that have a vested interest in this space mission, to ensure that the design effectively responds to their requirements.
A Data Utilization and Plan was drafted early in Phase B to identify required developments for project success. The document covered all aspects of the data utilization, including the new applications enabled by the constellation. A plan for science activities was included in the Data Utilization Plan, which will seek to maintain a balance between the operational applications development and the science applications developments.
Internationally, CSA continued discussions with a number of potential partners to identify collaborations in the following main areas:
- Missions' interoperability;
- Data exchange; and
- Use of International ground stations for data reception.
CSA is also closely following the evolving developments in the international remote sensing community to identify potential synergies, recognizing how the mission could serve global initiatives that rely on data from advanced earth observation satellites.
The final design will be approved in Phase C and the satellites will be manufactured in Phase D. Currently the satellites are planned to be launched in 2018.
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