Secure & source
- Design and build Canadian satellites to secure the data we need
- Develop sensors to place onboard international partners' satellite missions
- Source commercial and international data
Canada has a reputation for designing and building satellites that last much longer than expected. For example, RADARSAT-2, which was launched in and expected to operate until 2014, is still operating in . Today it is orbiting 800 kilometres above the surface of Earth, providing world-class data and reinforcing the economic value of investments in Canadian science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Satellite EO data is big data, very big data. Canada's reception stations download 1.8 terabytes of data daily from the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) alone. That's the equivalent of uploading 1.2 million pictures from your cell phone to social media every day.
Canada's supercomputing capabilities have come a long way. The GC's modern high-performance computers are 70 million times faster at processing information than the first government supercomputers from the mid-1970s.
To create Canada's national weather forecast, 14 million different satellite data points are processed through supercomputers every day. These inputs pay off, as the GC's Weather Service receives over 50 million visits per month from Canadians.
A recent review of Canada's academic sector identified that geospatial research using satellite data was by far the largest, and fastest growing, field of space-related research in the country.