RADARSAT-2/3 tandem Mission Feasibility Study extended

Press Release From: MDA
Posted: Friday, February 15, 2002

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced today that the company has entered into an agreement with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to extend the Mission Feasibility study for the proposed RADARSAT-2/3 Topographic Mission. The total value of the contract extension is $1.1 million.

MDA is currently under contract to the Canadian Space Agency as the prime contractor for RADARSAT-2, Canada's next-generation Earth observation satellite. The CSA has already funded specific modifications to the RADARSAT-2 spacecraft to support a proposed tandem mission with RADARSAT-3.

The analysis performed as part of the RADARSAT-2/3 Feasibility Study announced February 20, 2001 demonstrated the capability of the mission to produce detailed three-dimensional images. Initial results require further determination of the actual implementation process.

Depending on the results of the Feasibility Study and following the securing of government approval and funding, plans are to launch RADARSAT-3 a few years after RADARSAT-2, and fly the two satellites in tandem -- gathering detailed data about the terrain and elevation characteristics of the Earth's surface. This would represent the most advanced space-borne land information and mapping mission ever conceived.

Data produced by the RADARSAT-2/3 tandem mission would support government and commercial applications requiring land information including natural resource exploration, civil engineering, land use planning, air traffic navigation, flood monitoring, rescue missions, disaster relief and telecommunications site planning.

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