RADARSAT-2 Satellite

Launch: December 14, 2007
Status : Active

Launched in December 2007, Canada's next-generation commercial radar satellite offers powerful technical advancements that enhances marine surveillance, ice monitoring, disaster management, environmental monitoring, resource management and mapping in Canada and around the world.

This project represents a unique collaboration between government and industry. MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) owns and operates the satellite and ground segment. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) helps fund the construction and launch of the satellite and recovers this investment through the supply of RADARSAT-2 data to the Government of Canada during the lifetime of the mission.

RADARSAT-2 demonstrates the Canadian space community's leadership in developing remote sensing technology and applications. With state-of-the-art technology, it is one of the world's most advanced commercially available Earth observation radar image providers and offers users around the world an expanded range of high-quality data products for hundreds of applications.

RADARSAT-2: Canada's Eye in the Sky - Illustration

RADARSAT-2: Canada's Eye in the Sky - Illustration

RADARSAT-2 is 10! This infographic presents a few interesting facts about the satellite to celebrate its anniversary. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

RADARSAT-2: Keeping an eye on Earth

Capable of scanning the Earth day or night through any weather conditions, RADARSAT-2 has acquired more than 60,000 images a year on average since its launch in 2007. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency) More information

Responding to modern challenges

The RADARSAT-2 mission design and construction incorporates new capabilities that ensure Canada's continued leadership in the global marketplace for radar image data. The primary mission objective is the supply and distribution of data and products to meet the needs of present and future markets using a commercially viable approach. This is achieved by leveraging the knowledge and experience gained through the long and successful RADARSAT-1 mission while taking advantage of new technologies.

A key priority of the Canadian Space Program (CSP) is responding to the twin challenges of monitoring the environment and managing natural resources. The hardy, versatile RADARSAT Earth Observation satellites are a major data source for commercial applications and remote sensing science.

For managing natural resources and monitoring the environment in the 21st century, RADARSAT-2 is an indispensable tool. Scientific and commercial users in agriculture, cartography, hydrology, forestry, oceanography, and ice studies will greatly benefit from more readily accessible radar data.

RADARSAT products also provide valuable information for major application areas in coastal and marine surveillance, and security and foreign policy.

Commercially viable

The CSP is committed to ensuring Canada's Earth observation community develops into a leading, profitable and sustainable business through the continued development of remote sensing technology and applications. RADARSAT-2 is proof positive of Canada's commitment to a vigorous knowledge economy through support for leading-edge research, the development of innovative technologies, and the establishment of public-private sector partnerships.

The ground segment

The many systems that form the RADARSAT-2 ground segment are housed in CSA facilities in Longueuil, Quebec, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; in Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO) facilities in Gatineau, Quebec, and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and MDA headquarters in Richmond, British Columbia.