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Canada’s first EO satellite experiences malfunction

Canada: On March 29, 2013, Canada”s first earth observation (EO) satellite, RADARSAT-1, experienced a technical anomaly. As a result it entered into “safe mode”, a semi-dormant state by which the spacecraft conserves energy. This provides the Canadian Space Agency”s (CSA) operations team with the required time to investigate and assess any necessary remedial action.

This situation does not impact the security of Canadian borders, coasts and northern territories as RADARSAT-2 continues to provide critical, high-quality data. Government and commercial users of RADARSAT-1 have been advised that no new orders for imagery are being accepted, but that requests for archival images will continue to be processed.

The investigation is ongoing, but expectations of a full recovery are low.

Source: CSA