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Radarsat 2


Designation 32382 / 07061A
Launch date 14 Dec 2007
Country of origin Canada
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 798 km sun-synchronous
Inclination 98.6°
Period 100.7 min, repeat cycle 24 days
Launch vehicle Soyuz #881

Launch initially planned in 2001. Worth C$305 million. MacDonald Dettwiler will be responsible for the in-orbit satellite and commercialisation. Orbimage will market the pictures worldwide.

The Platform was changed because the OSC platform originally planned could not be exported from the US.
The satellite will be operated by Telesat.

The satellite lost a gyroscope in early 2019

External resources


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Technical data


Prime contractor MacDonald Dettwiler
Platform PRIMA (Alenia Aerospazio)
Mass at launch 2200 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power 3000 W
EOL: 2400 W
Design lifetime 7.25 years

Alenia Aerospazio will provide the satellite platform and the radar antenna deployment support structure for C$74 million.

SAR antenna 15 x 1.5 m. 5.3 GHz radar. Resolution from 3 m (25 km² pictures) to 100 m (500 km² pictures). Lateral vision. Revisit every 24 days. EMS Technologies Canada produced the SAR with T/R Alcatel modules. Resolution: up to 3 m.

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