Experience with the Maritime Monitoring and Messaging microsatellite (M3MSat)


  1. Marchetti, C.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Research Centre, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Microsatellite (M3MSat) is a technology demonstration mission that will contribute to solving the current difficulties of Canadian maritime surveillance faced by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). M3MSat is a joint project between the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). M3MSat will be used to evaluate the ability to perform high performance space-based detection of ship transmitted Automated Information System (AIS) signals in dense shipping regions of the Earth. The microsatellite will also perform global maritime surveillance. Integration of the information gathered by the satellite into a recognized maritime picture will make it possible to identify and record marine traffic, determine the direction and speed of vessels, ensure that ships are travelling legally through Canadian waters, and help ensure safety of life at sea. This will ultimately serve to protect public security, national interests, and global operations by improving Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) within Canada. In addition to the AIS data exploitation, the developmental experience with M3MSat will further increase DRDC’s expertise in microsatellite system design and operations. This paper discusses the microspace philosophy adopted by DRDC in the development of M3MSat. It presents the lessons learned throughout the satellite development and provides recommendations on how those lessons could be integrated int
space;microsatellite;satellite operations
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-N044 — External Literature
Date of publication
01 Sep 2015
Number of Pages
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