Washington: Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) will launch all three satellites for Canada’s Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM). The RCM satellites will collect radar imagery for a variety of applications that will include Arctic and maritime surveillance and disaster monitoring.
The RCM satellites will collect radar imagery at resolutions as sharp as one metre, enough to discern objects of that size or larger. The three satellites will be launched in 2018 aboard a single Falcon 9 rocket. In addition to building the satellites, MDA will market the radar imagery they collect. The contract award to SpaceX had been expected since January, when the Canadian Space Agency awarded MDA Corp. the C$706 million ($692 million) prime contract to build the RCM satellites.