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RADARSAT is a Canadian remote sensing Earth observation satellite program overseen by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The program has consisted of:

RADARSAT Constellation, the successor to RADARSAT-2, will use a constellation of three small satellites to provide greater coverage while minimizing service interruptions and is expected to launch in 2018.

RADARSAT International[edit]

RADARSAT International (RSI) was formed in 1989 to market, process, and distribute data from RADARSAT-1. It was owned by a consortium of aerospace companies consisting of MDA, Spar Aerospace, COM DEV International, and Lockheed Martin.

RSI provided Earth-observation data and derived information products from RADARSAT-1 along with data from other commercially available Earth-observation satellites including Landsat 4, Landsat 5, Landsat 7, IKONOS, IRS, ERS, QuickBird, and ENVISAT.[2]

In 1999, MDA completed a buyout of the other RSI shareholders and incorporated the company as MDA Geospatial Services Inc. (MDA GSI), a wholly owned subsidiary.[3]

MDA GSI holds the operating license for RADARSAT-2 under contract from the Canadian Space Agency.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Soyuz rocket lifts Canadian radar satellite into space". CBC News. 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  2. ^ "RADARSAT International". Directions Magazine. Retrieved 2006-07-16. 
  3. ^ "MacDonald Dettwiler to Acquire Radarsat International". Archived from the original on 2006-05-06. Retrieved 2006-07-16. 

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