Canada to acquire Arctic satellite imagery from Radarsat 2 polar orbiter to...

Canada to acquire Arctic satellite imagery from Radarsat 2 polar orbiter to be launched next summer

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The Canadian Space Agency is paying 400 million Canadian dollars (320 million US dollars) to get Arctic imagery from a British Colombia company, which will launch its Radarsat 2 polar orbiter next summer. The satellite, which is expected to operate over a seven-year lifespan, can see in all weather, day or night, 365 days a year. Passing over the North Pole 14 times daily, recording images of ships, aircraft – even pollution – at a rate of 3,000 square km per second, the satellite will be the lynchpin in the Canadian military’s Project Polar Epsilon. Canada will build ground receiving stations near Halifax, capital of the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia, and Esquimalt of British Colombia, to process and relay the images.