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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
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