The RADARSAT Constellation
2015-06-30 - The three-satellite configuration is designed as a medium resolution mission primarily dedicated to regular monitoring of broad geographic areas. Combined with higher resolution imagery, the data are expected to dramatically enhance Canada's ability to manage resources and the environment, and to improve security by providing an operational surveillance system. The system also includes high resolution modes at 1 m x 3 m, 3 m and 5 m, primarily designed for disaster management. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)
The graphic gives a visual representation of the coverage area of each RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) imaging mode along the sub-satellite ground track (nadir), as well as the satellite velocity vector. The beam modes are shown in order of decreasing coverage area: Low Resolution 100 m Mode; Medium Resolution 50 m Mode and Low Noise / Ship Detection Mode; Medium Resolution 30 m Mode; Medium Resolution 16 m Mode and Quad-Pol Mode; High Resolution 5 m Mode; Very High Resolution 3 m Mode and Spotlight Mode.
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