First engineering image captured by the RADARSAT Constellation Mission
2019-06-29 - One of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) satellites captured its very first engineering image of the sea ice in the Strait of Davis and the coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut, including the community of Qikiqtarjuaq, home to about 600 people. This non-calibrated image was acquired on June 29, 2019, at a 100-metre resolution in a low noise ScanSAR mode.
The RCM is currently in a three- to six-month commissioning phase after being launched to space on June 12, 2019. The trio of satellites will provide daily images of Canada's vast territory and maritime approaches, as well as images of the Arctic. It will have daily access to 90 per cent of the world's surface. The RCM is also equipped with an Automatic Identification System (AIS), allowing safe navigation as well as improved detection and tracking of ships, including those conducting illegal fishing.
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