|Mission type||Earth observation satellites|
|Operator||Canadian Space Agency|
|Mission duration||7 years (each satellite))|
|Bus||Canadian SmallSat Bus|
|Launch mass||1,400 kg (total mass of the 3 satellites)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||March 2019|
The RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) is a three-spacecraft fleet of Earth observation satellites by the Canadian Space Agency. With satellites smaller than RADARSAT-2, the RCM will provide new applications—made possible through the constellation approach—as well as continuing to provide C-band radar data to RADARSAT-2 users. Improvements include more frequent area coverage of Canada and reduced risk of a service interruption.
The launch of the three satellites that will form the constellation is scheduled for March 2019. Manufacturer MDA contracted the launch to SpaceX with a Falcon 9 rocket. The booster intended for this mission, B1050 failed to land so it's unknown which booster will be used to launch the RCM.
The RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) includes three identical Earth observation satellites. The prime contractor on the project is MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates and it was designed for three main uses:
- Maritime surveillance (ice, surface wind, oil pollution and ship monitoring)
- Disaster management (mitigation, warning, response and recovery)
- Ecosystem monitoring (agriculture, wetlands, forestry and coastal change monitoring)
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