Oh Say Can You See... Through the Clouds, Canada's RADARSAT-1 Produces Image of the USA

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2000

A mosaic of the United States taken by the renowned RADARSAT-1 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite, operated by the Canadian Space Agency(CSA), was presented today to conference delegates attending the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) in Honolulu.

"The absolutely outstanding results of the USA mosaic", said Surendra Parashar, CSA Director of Satellite Operations, "reaffirms our commitment to pursue similar projects that will continue to enhance knowledge, understanding and protection of our global resources and environment."

The USA mosaic, a compilation of 190 images captured over the continent broadly demonstrates the timely and detailed observation capacity of RADARSAT-1 and the expertise of RADARSAT International who in a joint project with the CSA processed the high resolution data required to create the USA mosaic.

RADARSAT-1 is providing Canada and the world with an operational radar satellite system capable of delivering timely and critical data to assist disaster relief and emergency rescue efforts and the information required by commercial and scientific users in the fields of agriculture, cartography, hydrology, forestry, oceanography, ice studies and coastal monitoring.

The first such map ever produced of the United States by an Earth Observation satellite, the USA mosaic is part of an on-going project of the Canadian Space Agency which has generated the production of mosaics of Antarctica, Canada and now the United States. Currently underway is the comprehensive data mapping of Africa which is projected for completion in 2001.

A PhotoShop version of the USA mosaic, showing the contiguous states and boundaries as a reference may be downloaded for publication with attribution from the following website: darsat_1/usa_mosaic/

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About the Canadian Space Agency
Established in 1989, with its headquarters located in Saint Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency ensures that Canadians in all regions learn and benefit from the development and application of space knowledge, science and technology.

The Canadian Space Agency supports and promotes a highly competitive space industry, contributes to the sustainable development of Canada and the world, and fosters initiatives to increase awareness of the Canadian Space Program throughout the world.

With almost half of Canada's GDP growth in the knowledge-intensive sectors of the economy, the Canadian Space Program is a key driver behind continued leadership on the world stage. Based on extensive and open consultation with Canadian stakeholders, opportunities were identified for potential cooperation with international partners in the areas of: Earth Observation, Space Science, Human Presence in Space, Satellite Communications and in the development of Generic Space Technologies. Canadian participation in these key sectors are providing new opportunities for industry and scientists, and long-term social and economic benefits for all Canadians.

About RADARSAT International (RSI)

RADARSAT International is a worldwide distributor of Earth observation satellite data. Since 1989, RSI has been working with its partners to create cost-effective, custom products and services to meet the unique requirements of operational applications such as crop monitoring, ice reconnaissance, geological mapping, disaster management, forest management, ship detection, and land use management.

RSI's partners include an international network of more than seventy distributors, ten ground receiving stations, and nine resource centres, all of whom offer near-real time services, data processing, and/or training to local users. RSI prides itself on being a "one-stop-shop" for satellite information solutions. RSI's product line features RADARSAT-1, the world's first radar remote sensing satellite program entirely dedicated to operational applications. Its state-of-the-art capabilities provide resource management and environmental monitoring professionals around the globe with a new and reliable view of the Earth's surface.

RSI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates established in 1989. RSI currently has a staff of 90 employees, and has its headquarters in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada with offices in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Gatineau, Québec, Canada; and, Farnham, United Kingdom.

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