OTTAWA, Ontario, October 25, 2007 -- The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), today visited the Canadian Space Agency David Florida Laboratory, in Ottawa, to view the next generation commercial satellite, RADARSAT-2, which is scheduled to be launched on December 8, 2007 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Minister Prentice emphasized that this new satellite represents powerful state-of-the-art technology that will enhance Canada's ability to protect Canadian sovereignty in the Far North, in keeping with the Arctic strategy outlined in the Speech from the Throne.
"This satellite will help us vigorously protect our Arctic sovereignty as international interest in the region increases," said Minister Prentice. "It will also ensure the continuity of data services for government departments and a growing number of commercial clients in more than 60 countries worldwide."
RADARSAT-2 is the product of a unique public-private sector partnership. This partnership is leveraging Canada's renowned leadership in the development, operation and marketing of advanced and highly specialized remote-sensing technologies and applications.
"RADARSAT-2 will also provide improved surveillance and monitoring capabilities that will provide critical data for the active management of natural resources and monitoring of the environment. In the event of a disaster, RADARSAT-2 will be an indispensable tool to provide rescue and humanitarian aid to those most in need," said Minister Prentice.
About the Canadian Space Agency
Established in 1989, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) coordinates all civil, space-related policies and programs on behalf of the Government of Canada. CSA directs its resources and activities through four key thrusts: Earth Observation, Space Science and Exploration, Satellite Communications, and Space Awareness and Learning. By leveraging international cooperation, the CSA generates world-class scientific research and industrial development for the benefit of humanity. For more details about the satellite Radarsat-2, visit:
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