A new constellation of Canadian satellites to monitor the environment

In the 2005 federal budget, the Government of Canada has allocated $ 3 billion for research, regional development and sectoral support. Of this amount, the Canadian Space Agency will receive 111 million dollars to enable the development and construction of a constellation of three Earth observation satellites.

The constellation of the three radar satellites will provide Canada and other countries with more complete space data than is currently available, and more rapidly. Among other things, it will be possible to more effectively monitor the ice conditions for navigation on the St. Lawrence, the Great Lakes and the Canadian coast. Satellites will also improve disaster management: oil spill detection, flood monitoring, forest fire fighting support, and data collection on disaster areas around the world. Coastal satellite surveillance will also be an important tool for the sovereignty and security of Canada.

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This constellation will fly regularly across Canada, day and night, regardless of weather conditions, to ensure that private and public sector users can benefit from radar data over the next two decades.

- Stephanie Leblanc, Office of the Honorable David L. Emerson - Minister of
Industry - tel: + 1 613 995 9001
- Julie Simard, Media Relations - Canadian Space Agency - tel

+382 68 112 122

Sources: http://www.space.gc.ca/asc/eng/media/releases/2005/0225.asp
Editor: Elodie Pinot, OTTAWA, sciefran@ambafrance-ca.org

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