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RADARSAT is a sophisticated Earth observation (EO) satellite developed by Canada to monitor environmental change and the planet's natural resources and to support resource sustainability. Launched in November1995, RADARSAT provides Canada and the world with an operational radar satellite system capable of timely delivery of large amounts of data. RADARSAT also provides useful information to both commercial and scientific users in the fields of agriculture, cartography, hydrology, forestry, oceanography, ice studies and coastal monitoring.

With the launch of RADARSAT-1 in November 1995, Canada and the world have access to the first fully operational civilian radar satellite system capable of large scale production and timely delivery of data. The data from the satellite meets the needs of commercial, government and scientific programs and provides a new and reliable source of high quality radar data.

The RADARSAT program, led by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), builds on the history of achievement in remote sensing by the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS), Natural Resources Canada. With its creation in 1989, CSA took over the implementation and operation of the RADARSAT project as a key component of the Canadian space program. CCRS continues to participate in the RADARSAT program by operating Canada's two RADARSAT ground receiving stations located in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and Gatineau, Québec, and conducting applications research.


PDf file (18 pages)
Reprinted courtesy of Canadian Space Agency
Compiled By Kevin Rokosh - IEEE
Introduction to RADARSAT
RADARSAT Background

Data Acquisition
Data Management
Benefits and Applications of RADARSAT
Canada's Leadership in Satellite Technology
Description of RADARSAT
Data Acquisition
RADARSAT Network Stations

RADARSAT Data Handling and Distribution
RADARSAT Specifications

Overview on RADARSAT
RADARSAT SAR Characteristics
Spacecraft Characteristics
Orbit Characteristics
Coverage Access Using Maximum Swath Width
Imaging Modes
Contact Information
RADARSAT 1 - First Image
Cape Breton Image
Image Parameters
First Image - Colour
RADARSAT-1 - Featured Image
RADARSAT Image Products
Support Programs

RADARSAT User Development Program (RUDP)
Earth Observation Pilot Projects Program (EOP3)
Earth Observation Data Sets Program
User Education and Training Initiative Program (UETI)
GlobeSAR-2 Program
Application Development and Research Opportunity Program (ADRO)
Applications Development
Antarctic Mapping Mission (AMM)
Science Benefits and Opportunities
South Pole Image
RADARSAT-2 Investment in the Future