Minimize eoPortal News: Did you know?

Satellites and satellite-based systems: Indispensable tools to keep us safe

27 September 2018

Web Content Image

By providing accurate and timely information and connecting emergency response teams, satellites and satellite-based systems play a critical role supporting first responders and search and rescue teams in emergency situations.

What are some of the satellites and satellite-based systems that provide critical data to keep us safe?

  • RADARSAT-2: Supports relief efforts by providing images of areas affected by disasters.
  • RADARSAT Constellation (in development): Will ensure the continuity of the RADARSAT program.
  • Cospas-Sarsat: Detects and communicates the location of emergency beacons activated by aircraft, ships and backcountry hikers in distress.
  • Global Positioning System (GPS): Provides positioning information, locates and monitors individuals and identifies the origin of 911 emergency calls.

Source: Canadian Space Agency

Image credit: Canadian Space Agency - RADARSAT-2 imagery was provided after the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" was activated in response to an earthquake and eruption of KÄ«lauea Volcano in the United States in May 2018.

Related Missions: