Posted: Friday, April 5, 2002
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSE: MDA) announced today that the RADARSAT-2 Payload passed its Critical Design Review (CDR).
The Critical Design Review marks a major milestone in the construction of the Payload. It signifies a point in the process where the design is approved, and the final manufacture can begin.
The satellite is made up of a Bus and a Payload. The RADARSAT-2 Bus passed its Critical Design Review in December, 2001.
The Payload is the satellite's sensor that captures the images. It consists of the advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) active phased array antenna, as well as specific equipment required to perform such functions as timing and control of the Payload, signal generation, distribution and detection, and thermal control.
RADARSAT-2 is Canada's next generation of radar satellite. MDA is the mission prime contractor, and has an agreement with the Canadian Space Agency to develop, build, integrate and launch the satellite - while concurrently developing and building the associated Ground Segment.
Once launched, RADARSAT-2 will be operated by MDA.
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