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Telesat to operate RADARSAT-2

Ontario, Canada, 17 May 2007: Telesat Canada has reached an agreement with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) to operate MDA’s RADARSAT-2 for lifetime of the satellite.

Telesat will provide pre-operational and satellite operation services for MDA’s RADARSAT-2 satellite, which will be positioned in a sun-synchronous polar orbit (LEO) with a mean altitude of 798 kilometres. RADARSAT-2 is a C-band SAR satellite with Antenna Dimensions of 15m x 1.5m.

“Telesat has been successfully flying satellites for thirty-five years, and we are delighted they will operate RADARSAT-2”, said Mag Iskander, Executive Vice President at MDA.

MDA is the prime contractor of RADARSAT-2 for the Canadian Space Agency. As a public-private partnership, on launch, MDA will become the owner and assume responsibility for the operation of this highly advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite. In return for its investment in RADARSAT-2, the Canadian Space Agency will administer a $445 M data allocation fund reserved for the Government of Canada Department and Agency user community.

The RADARSAT-2 program ensures the continuation of the original RADARSAT program, and the development of Canada’s Earth Observation business sector. The satellite will be capable of image resolution ranging from 3 to 100 meters. RADARSAT-2 will also be the first commercial radar satellite to offer multi-polarization capability that will aid in identifying a variety of surface features and objects.