RADARSAT-1 Imagery of Quebec Used at TQS

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2002

Saint-Hubert, Quebec, March 15, 2002 - Marc Garneau, President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and Thérèse David, Communications Vice-President of TQS, a Quebec-based television network, signed an agreement today authorising TQS to use the mosaic of Canada in its weather report. This mosaic has been generated by Canada's Earth Observation satellite, RADARSAT-1.

"The Canadian Space Agency is dedicated to fostering partnerships between the private and public sectors, and to positioning Canada in the knowledge-based economy through the development of space knowledge and innovation," said Marc Garneau. "The mosaic of Canada, the first ever produced by the CSA in collaboration with RADARSAT International and the Canadian Centre for Remote Sensing, demonstrates the capability of RADARSAT-1 to take detailed observation of any location on the planet."

"The license to use this map of Canada awarded by the CSA will allow TQS and its affiliates to provide the highest quality weather bulletins to its viewers, " contended Thérèse David. Weather bulletins airing during Le Grand Journal, the TQS evening newscast, have shown the latest satellite view of the province of Quebec taken by RADARSAT-1 with colour enhancements by TQS graphic designers. TQS is proud to be the first Canadian television station to use satellite radar imagery of Quebec.

This mosaic of Canada is the first of a series of four, including mosaics of the United States, Antarctica and Australia. A detailed map of Africa is scheduled to be completed later this year.

About CSA

Established in 1989 and headquartered in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Generic Space Technologies; Space Qualification Services and Awareness. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

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Monique Billette
Canadian Space
Tel: (450) 926-4370

Marlene Ouellet Agency TQS (514) 390-6035 ext. 7483

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