Canadian space-based radar surveillance constellation implementation concepts


  1. Livingstone, C.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
With the advent of the Canadian RADARSAT Constellation Mission, the Canadian Space Agency has embarked on a transition from the use of individual radar surveillance satellites, represented by RADARSAT-1 and RADARSAT-2, to the use of a radar satellite constellation to perform radar surveillance observations. The transition from single satellites to satellite constellations drives some major changes in the way in which space-based surveillance radars are developed and operated and some equally major changes in the way in which surveillance measurements are tasked, retrieved and used. The use of constellations of radar surveillance satellites is a completely new way of doing business and raises many issues that will need to be addressed. This document presents the author’s opinion on many of the issues that will need to be addressed as Canada evolves its surveillance capabilities and makes suggestions about work that will be required if one (or more) constellation(s) of Canadian spacecraft is a viable, long-term surveillance solution. This note is written as a discussion paper that presents a vision of a possible way for Canada to develop and use a space-based surveillance radar constellation to provide a straw-man starting point for concept development and implementation. It is intended to trigger discussions about the development and implementation of Canadian Government space-based surveillance resources and their uses.

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Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TN-2012-013 — Technical Note
Date of publication
01 May 2012
Number of Pages
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