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RADARSAT-2: Keeping an eye on Earth
RADARSAT-2: Keeping an eye on Earth
Published: 2015/02/20
Channel: Canadian Space Agency
Stereo DEM Extraction from SAR imagery - RADARSAT-2 (Part 1)
Stereo DEM Extraction from SAR imagery - RADARSAT-2 (Part 1)
Published: 2014/08/22
Channel: PCI Geomatics
Radarsat-2 SlewPlan 2 (SaVoir)
Radarsat-2 SlewPlan 2 (SaVoir)
Published: 2010/02/24
Channel: TaitusSoftware
Stereo DEM Extraction from SAR imagery - RADARSAT-2 (Part 2)
Stereo DEM Extraction from SAR imagery - RADARSAT-2 (Part 2)
Published: 2014/08/22
Channel: PCI Geomatics
Habib Mazaheri - Soil moisture estimation using polarimetric Radarsat-2 data
Habib Mazaheri - Soil moisture estimation using polarimetric Radarsat-2 data
Published: 2014/09/04
Channel: LanduseKN
Accès et Utilisation de RADARSAT-2
Accès et Utilisation de RADARSAT-2
Published: 2012/01/28
Channel: ACSGMontreal
RADARSAT 2  Keeping an eye on Earth online video cutter com
RADARSAT 2 Keeping an eye on Earth online video cutter com
Published: 2015/01/04
Channel: Sahar Hussein
Working with RADARSAT-2 in Geomatica Discover
Working with RADARSAT-2 in Geomatica Discover
Published: 2013/12/12
Channel: PCI Geomatics
Radarsat-1 - Video Learning - WizScience.com
Radarsat-1 - Video Learning - WizScience.com
Published: 2015/09/24
Channel: Wiz Science™
MDA expands imaging modes for RADARSAT 2 satellite
MDA expands imaging modes for RADARSAT 2 satellite
Published: 2015/10/01
Channel: Geospatial Media
Radarsat-2 time series over Capivari municipality
Radarsat-2 time series over Capivari municipality
Published: 2017/03/27
Channel: Lorenzo Iannini
Working with RADARSAT- 2 Data in Geomatica Discover
Working with RADARSAT- 2 Data in Geomatica Discover
Published: 2013/12/29
Channel: Arfan Sohail
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Radarsat 2 Litmus test NAFTA SPP
Published: 2008/04/07
Channel: 99thDimension
RADARSAT-2
RADARSAT-2
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: Natalie Chiang
Radarsat-2 Slew Plan (SaVoir)
Radarsat-2 Slew Plan (SaVoir)
Published: 2010/02/23
Channel: TaitusSoftware
Stereo Disparity Mapping
Stereo Disparity Mapping
Published: 2014/04/11
Channel: Spacecraft Robotics and Control Lab
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RadarSat
Published: 2008/08/29
Channel: Isee Vertebratus
"MYSTERIOUS POLE INWARD OPENINGS" 3-D Radar, Sat & 77°F Weather - Sat/Columbia Images 1996.
"MYSTERIOUS POLE INWARD OPENINGS" 3-D Radar, Sat & 77°F Weather - Sat/Columbia Images 1996.
Published: 2016/05/21
Channel: MLordandGod
RADARSAT-2 : Garder un œil sur la Terre
RADARSAT-2 : Garder un œil sur la Terre
Published: 2015/02/20
Channel: Agence spatiale canadienne
Launch of Canadian radiolocating SC Radarsat-2 14.12.2007.mpg
Launch of Canadian radiolocating SC Radarsat-2 14.12.2007.mpg
Published: 2012/10/26
Channel: РКЦ - Прогресс
SAR Image Processing : Pre-processing to Geometric Correction
SAR Image Processing : Pre-processing to Geometric Correction
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Firman Hadi
Запуск Radarsat 2
Запуск Radarsat 2
Published: 2007/12/14
Channel: Oceanographers.RU
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Published: 2013/10/02
Channel: ASF Videos
MDA - ESA Copernicus Program Partnership
MDA - ESA Copernicus Program Partnership
Published: 2016/01/29
Channel: MDA Corporation
NDP: Peggy Nash on RADARSAT 2
NDP: Peggy Nash on RADARSAT 2
Published: 2008/05/07
Channel: NDPVIDEO
Performing SAR Polarimetric Analyses in Geomatica
Performing SAR Polarimetric Analyses in Geomatica
Published: 2014/07/22
Channel: PCI Geomatics
NDP: Peggy Nash on RADARSAT 2 (part 2)
NDP: Peggy Nash on RADARSAT 2 (part 2)
Published: 2008/05/07
Channel: NDPVIDEO
Basic SAR Processing and Analysis - ENVI 5.2
Basic SAR Processing and Analysis - ENVI 5.2
Published: 2016/05/31
Channel: Lucian Macovei
Automated Change Detection with Geomatica and SAR Imagery (Part 1)
Automated Change Detection with Geomatica and SAR Imagery (Part 1)
Published: 2015/04/13
Channel: PCI Geomatics
NDP:Peggy Nash on RADARSAT (part 2)
NDP:Peggy Nash on RADARSAT (part 2)
Published: 2008/05/09
Channel: NDPVIDEO
Debunking "Mosaics of Antarctica are of a Flat Earth Stretched Over a Globe"
Debunking "Mosaics of Antarctica are of a Flat Earth Stretched Over a Globe"
Published: 2016/02/25
Channel: Rusty Walker
Exercice 8.  Comparaison qualitative d’images multi-bandes
Exercice 8. Comparaison qualitative d’images multi-bandes
Published: 2016/08/23
Channel: European Space Agency, ESA
Glacier surge: Austfonna, Svalbard, 2011–2016 (satellite image timelapse)
Glacier surge: Austfonna, Svalbard, 2011–2016 (satellite image timelapse)
Published: 2016/03/01
Channel: NorskPolarinstitutt
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2010.06.14 - Gulf Oil Spill Surface Analysis [1080p]
Published: 2010/06/15
Channel: djxatlanta
Should Human Space Exploration be a National Priority? Part 2/11
Should Human Space Exploration be a National Priority? Part 2/11
Published: 2009/06/17
Channel: Centre for Inquiry Canada
SAR for Military Demo - Shawn Melamed PCI/MDA Webinar Jan 12, 2012
SAR for Military Demo - Shawn Melamed PCI/MDA Webinar Jan 12, 2012
Published: 2013/08/02
Channel: PCI Geomatics
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MDA to provide ground stations to DigitalGlobe WorldView-4
Published: 2015/12/14
Channel: Geospatial Media
Yes I Can : NASA - Canadian SpaceApps Toronto 2017 Winner (150 Years of Canada Confederation)
Yes I Can : NASA - Canadian SpaceApps Toronto 2017 Winner (150 Years of Canada Confederation)
Published: 2017/05/06
Channel: vikasnath
Automated Change Detection with Geomatica and SAR Imagery (Part 3)
Automated Change Detection with Geomatica and SAR Imagery (Part 3)
Published: 2015/04/13
Channel: PCI Geomatics
Glacier surge: Austfonna, Svalbard (satellite image timelapse)
Glacier surge: Austfonna, Svalbard (satellite image timelapse)
Published: 2014/06/19
Channel: NorskPolarinstitutt
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¿Qué habrá en la ciudad oculta recién descubierta en México?
Published: 2016/05/14
Channel: Vicente Fuentes
CTV TV - Prentice blocks MDA sale to ATK
CTV TV - Prentice blocks MDA sale to ATK
Published: 2008/04/12
Channel: Rideau Institute
NDP: Paul Dewar on Selling RADARSAT (part 2)
NDP: Paul Dewar on Selling RADARSAT (part 2)
Published: 2008/06/09
Channel: NDPVIDEO
Geomatica Tutorial - 2CMV (Two color multi view)
Geomatica Tutorial - 2CMV (Two color multi view)
Published: 2012/02/17
Channel: PCI Geomatics
NPD: Paul Dewar on RADARSAT (part 2)
NPD: Paul Dewar on RADARSAT (part 2)
Published: 2008/05/09
Channel: NDPVIDEO
Direct Downlink (SaVoir)
Direct Downlink (SaVoir)
Published: 2012/05/13
Channel: TaitusSoftware
SatTV Week - 21st July 2016
SatTV Week - 21st July 2016
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: SatelliteEvolutionTV
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Compusult - CEOCat Demonstration
Published: 2011/05/19
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Compensation des effets cardinaux sur les images SAR portant sur le milieu urbain
Published: 2012/01/28
Channel: ACSGMontreal
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Published: 2015/06/04
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RADARSAT-2
Mission type Radar imaging
Operator MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates
COSPAR ID 2007-061A
SATCAT no. 32382
Website

mdacorporation.com/geospatial/international/satellites/RADARSAT-2

Canadian Space Agency project site
Mission duration designed life: 7.25 years
Elapsed: 9 years, 7 months, 6 days
Spacecraft properties
Bus Prima
Manufacturer MDA
Thales Alenia Space- Italy (TAS-I)
Launch mass 2,300 kg (5,100 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 14 December 2007, 13:17:34 (2007-12-14UTC13:17:34Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-FG/Fregat
Launch site Baikonur 31/6
Contractor Starsem
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous

RADARSAT-2 is an Earth observation satellite that was successfully launched December 14, 2007[1][2][3] for the Canadian Space Agency by Starsem, using a Soyuz FG launch vehicle, from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome. RADARSAT-2 was previously assembled, integrated and tested at the David Florida Laboratory near Ottawa, Ontario before the start of its launch campaign.

The end of the spacecraft and ground segment commissioning period was declared on April 27, 2008 after which routine commercial operation started. The Satellite has a C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) with multiple polarization modes, including a fully polarimetric mode in which HH, HV, VV and VH polarized data are acquired. Its highest resolution is 1 m in Spotlight mode (3 m in Ultra Fine mode). In ScanSAR Wide Beam mode the SAR has a nominal swath width of 500 km and an imaging resolution of 100 m. Its left looking capability allows the spacecraft the unique capability to image the Antarctic on a routine basis providing data in support of scientific research.

The prime contractor on the project is MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), who have previously built projects such as the Canadarm. Other collaborating companies included EMS Technologies and Alenia. EMS Space & Technology/Montreal division was bought by MDA in 2005. RADARSAT-2 is owned and operated by MDA.

RADARSAT-2 is a follow-on to RADARSAT-1 which mission terminated in April 2013. It has the same orbit (798 km altitude sun-synchronous orbit with 6 p.m. ascending node and 6 a.m. descending node). Some of the orbit characteristics are 24 days repeat cycle (=343 orbits), 14.29 orbits per day, each orbit being 100.75 minutes duration. It is filling a wide variety of application, including sea ice mapping and ship routing, iceberg detection, agricultural crop monitoring, marine surveillance for ship and pollution detection, terrestrial defence surveillance and target identification, geological mapping, mine monitoring, land use mapping, wetlands mapping, topographic mapping.

On 4 July 2009, Canada's Department of National Defence announced their intention to increase RADARSAT-2 usage for surveillance of Canada's coastlines and the Arctic. To carry out this new project, the satellite's owner MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) of Richmond, B.C., was awarded $25-million contract to carry out upgrades (called project Polar Epsilon) to enhance the satellites capabilities to detect surface ships. The upgrades consisted of creating new beam mode (OSVN and DVWF) that target improvements in maritime vessels detection over a broad area, as well as upgrading the RADARSAT-2 ground segment to improve conflict resolution with other government users. Two new ground stations for the data reception have been built, one on the east coast at Masstown, N.S., and the other at Aldergrove, B.C. (west coast). These two new stations are mainly used for the Polar Epsilon project.[4]

As of January 2017, RADARSAT-2 is entering its 9th operational service year. Numerous enhancements have been added to the original capabilities both on the ground and on the space segments. The operational performance is well within the specification with an acquisition success rate above 97% (Acquisition successfully executed Vs Acquisition loaded on the Spacecraft for execution) and a percentage of availability of 99.95% (hours of outage Vs total hours in a year). The usage of SAR data have been steadily growing from an average of 3.5 minutes per orbit in 2008 to an average of 11.3 minutes per orbit in 2016. The network of ground receiving station continues to expand with 19 partners organization using 39 antennas at various reception sites. By mid-August 2015, the addition of the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO) X Band receiving station in Inuvk has significantly increased RADARSAT-2 downlink capacity in Canada.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soyuz rocket lifts Canadian radar satellite into space". CBC News. 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  2. ^ "RADARSAT-2 has been successfully launched". Retrieved 2007-12-14. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Successful launch of RADARSAT-2". Archived from the original on 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

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