Canada’s Radarsat-1 experiences anomaly, may not recover
Radarsat-1, the oldest Earth observation satellite of Canada, has experienced a recent anomaly which might render the spacecraft unrecoverable. Due to the incident, the Canadian Space Agency put the satellite into “safe mode” to allow them to conduct an investigation.
Operating for more than a decade now, the Canadian satellite is equipped with a synthetic aperture radar which enables Radarsat-1 to capture images of the Earth through clouds, smoke and haze. All information gathered by the satellite have been by government and commercial customers to help them track the effects of global climate change, as well as for resource and disaster management purposes. But due to the recent anomaly, the Canadian Space Agency decided to stop all order for new imagery, but continues to provide archived data.
Thanks to Radarsat-2’s functionality, the space agency does not see any problems or possible impact on the country’s security. Unlike Radarsat-1 which is owned and operated by the Canadian government, Radarsat-2 is controlled by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA). The company received partial funding for Radarsat-2’s production and launch through a signed agreement with the government. In exchange, MDA provides data to the government as long as the spacecraft is functional.
The Canadian Space Agency is currently developing a new fleet of Radarsat satellites set to be launched in 2018.
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Developing upon the Discovery Series of DVB-RCS Hubs, a single rack of the Millennium Series can be designed so that it supports upwards of 20,000 remote terminals and 775 Mbps of traffic to the remotes, spread across up to five various transponder/satellites and 480 TDMA carriers. One rack can receive up to 240 Mbps of IP traffic-generated by the remote terminal population.
In a company statement, Advantech Wireless PLM Director John Landovskis explained: “A powerful feature of the Millennium Hub is its redundancy capability. On the Forward Link, the standard design incorporates a 1:5 scheme, whereby one Forward Link chain operates in a Hot Standby mode, ready to automatically takeover in the event of a malfunction of any of the 5 active Forward Link systems. Similarly, for the Return Link, the standard design provides for a 1:n redundancy scheme”.
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Jimmy Zhang, chief executive officer of CMSCG said that the official launch of CTS’ mobile satellite service will mark the transformation of the company’s original 1349 service into an official service to their customers. He added, “The response to CTS’ service has been positive and attracted customers from the maritime, oil and gas sectors and disaster relief. We are looking to establish our position as a leading service provider of mobile satellite telecommunication services in China, and look forward to selling the Thuraya SatSleeve, a module that transforms iPhone into a dual mode satellite phone. An initial order of 800 sets of Thuraya SatSleeve has been placed.”
“The partnership with CMSCG to market Thuraya’s products will strengthen our product portfolio,” CTS Enterprise Development Department Director Xiao Jinghou said in a statement. “We are delighted to offer them to our customer base of 62 million mobile subscribers, a fair portion of which is considered as our target users of the 1349 Thuraya mobile satellite communications service.”
China’s demand for satellite communication products and services are anticipated to increase exponentially from industries like civil defense, disaster recovery and maritime, Thuraya’s regional director for Asia Bilal El Hamoui said.