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Longueuil, November 4th, 2010 – Canada's Earth Observation Program made a giant leap on November 4, 1995 when RADARSAT-1 was launched and placed into orbit some 800 kilometres above the Earth. This event marked the beginning of the RADARSAT Program, an initiative that continues to deliver outstanding service to Canada and the world – for the past 15 years and counting.

The President of the Canadian Space Agency, Steve MacLean commented, "Over the past fifteen years, RADARSAT-1 has proven to be an invaluable source of Earth observation data. The satellite's images are used internationally to manage and monitor the Earth's resources and to monitor global climate change, as well as in many other commercial and scientific applications."

RADARSAT-1 is ideally suited to supporting these tasks because of its wide range of beams, microwave based Synthetic Aperture Radar technology, frequent revisit times, high-quality products and fast, efficient delivery.

RADARSAT-1 maps the world, capturing images day and night in all weather conditions. RADARSAT-1 provides images used in ice services, cartography, agriculture, oceanography, hydrology and forestry. Its data is also used to support safety, sovereignty and security especially in the arctic and in surveillance of Canada's coastal approaches. RADARSAT-1 is a critical space asset supporting emergency response, rescue, humanitarian aid and relief efforts both here in Canada and around the world, through the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters'.

RADARSAT-1 has demonstrated an impressive track record. It has:

  • Orbited the Earth 78,544 times, the equivalent of traveling to the Moon and back nearly 4,344 times;
  • Supported 350,053 user requests;
  • Acquired data for over 10,500 hours;
  • Assisted with the dispatch of critical information supporting 279 disaster events
  • Downlinked data for processing at 44 ground reception stations around the world and;
  • Maintained system performance accuracy over 95% since launch.

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Photos of RADARSAT-1 are available at:

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Established in 1989, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) coordinates all civil, space-related policies and programs on behalf of the Government of Canada. CSA directs its resources and activities through four key thrusts: Earth Observation, Space Science and Exploration, Satellite Communications, and Space Awareness and Learning. The Agency conducts its activities through three key business lines: Space Utilization: serving the needs of Government Departments; Space Exploration: positioning Canadian Science and Technology to advantage in future international space exploration missions; and, Space Science and Technology: which drives synergy and builds capacity in Academia, Industry and government to respond to the current and future needs of Canada's Space Program. By leveraging international cooperation, the CSA generates world-class scientific research and industrial development for the benefit of humanity.

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