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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - RADARSAT-2 -
Full Name RADARSAT-2 Status Operational (nominal)
Mission Agencies CSA, MDA Launch Date 14 Dec 2007
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Apr 2024
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 32382 (TLE)
International Designator 2007-061A
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 100.7 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 98.6 deg
Orbit Altitude 798 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 18:00 Repeat Cycle 24 days
Objectives and Applications Environmental monitoring, physical oceanography, ice and snow, land surface. Note: Ownership of RADARSAT-2 has been transferred to MDA Corporation. CSA investment in the project is paid back with the data generated by the satellite since it entered operations.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAtmospheric Winds SAR (RADARSAT-2)
LandAlbedo and reflectance SAR (RADARSAT-2)
Landscape topography SAR (RADARSAT-2)
Soil moisture SAR (RADARSAT-2)
Vegetation SAR (RADARSAT-2)
Multi-purpose imagery (land) SAR (RADARSAT-2)
OceanOcean topography/currents SAR (RADARSAT-2)
Ocean surface winds SAR (RADARSAT-2)
Ocean wave height and spectrum SAR (RADARSAT-2)
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean) SAR (RADARSAT-2)
Snow & IceIce sheet topography SAR (RADARSAT-2)
Snow cover, edge and depth SAR (RADARSAT-2)
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness SAR (RADARSAT-2)
Mission Instruments
SAR (RADARSAT-2) - Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) C band
OpenSearch Datasets Selected IDN OpenSearch Results (search all 28 )
Collaborative Research: Characteristics of Snow Megadunes and their Potential Effects on Ice Core In ...
Daily Great Lakes Ice Concentration, 1973 Onward, Version 1
Georectification of IKONOS image, January 2004, Heard Island
Heard Island Radarsat Georeferencing Report, September 2002
High-resolution Image-derived Grounding and Hydrostatic Lines for the Antarctic Ice Sheet
High-resolution Image-derived Grounding and Hydrostatic Lines for the Antarctic Ice Sheet, Version 1
IMS Daily Northern Hemisphere Snow and Ice Analysis at 1 km, 4 km, and 24 km Resolutions, Version 1
Mass flux measurements across the margin of the Antarctic ice sheet
MEaSUREs Annual Antarctic Ice Velocity Maps 2005-2017 V001
MEaSUREs Antarctic Boundaries for IPY 2007-2009 from Satellite Radar V002

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