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November 4

1995 - RadarSat, earth environment remote sensoring craft,  launched under the supervision of the Canadian Space Agency. The development of RADARSAT is built on the experience of remote sensing and space technologies at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) of Natural Resources Canada, and spacecraft engineering at the Communications Research Centre (CRC) of Industry Canada.

With its creation in 1989, the CSA took over the implementation and operation of the RADARSAT project as a key component of the Canadian space program. The project was also supported by the private sector, provincial governments, and international partners. Industrial team members who designed and built RADARSAT include Spar Aerospace (prime contractor), MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates, SED Systems, CAL Corporation, and COM DEV.

The satellite launch was supplied by the United States in return for radar imagery for use by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration), and other U.S. Government agencies. The total cost of the project, excluding launch, is estimated at $640 million. The Federal Government contributed about $520 million, the four participating provinces (Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia) about $57 million, and the private sector about $63 million. (NASA)
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