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Canada from Space

RADARSAT Constellation

The next generation of Canadian Earth-observation satellites is known as RADARSAT Constellation, a plan to put at least three and up to six satellites into orbit. Like its predecessors, the Constellation satellites will feature synthetic aperture radars with a frequency optimized to discriminate between different types of ice. The first three satellites are scheduled to launch in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and they will provide daily coverage of all of Canada’s land and oceans, as well as 95 per cent of the world. The satellites will pass over the Northwest Passage several times per day, in keeping with the program’s three key missions of maritime surveillance, disaster management and ecosystem monitoring.


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Approximately how many earth-observation satellites are in Orbit in 2008?