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RADARSAT-2 Mission Reaches Critical Milestone

Press Release From: MDA
Posted: Monday, June 10, 2002

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. of Richmond, British Columbia announced today that the RADARSAT-2 program has reached a key milestone in its development after undergoing a Mission Critical Design Review (MCDR).

"With the approval of the Mission Critical Design Review, the joint program has reached another major milestone in Canada's commitment to a vigorous knowledge-based economy," said Marc Garneau, President of the Canadian Space Agency. "As manufacturing of this next-generation Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite continues, the Canadian Space Agency is positioning Canada as a leader in Earth Observation."

The Mission Critical Design Review held recently at MDA headquarters in Richmond, B.C. is the culmination of the design work performed on all RADARSAT- 2 components. Over the past few months RADARSAT-2's Bus, Payload and Ground Segment went through a number of Critical Design Reviews, marking a point in the process where the design is approved and manufacturing can be completed. The MCDR has also confirmed that all of these components can be integrated.

RADARSAT-2 is Canada's next-generation radar satellite. MDA is the mission prime contractor and, in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency, will develop, build, integrate and launch the satellite. When RADARSAT-2 becomes operational MDA will own and operate the satellite and the ground segment.

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