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

27 September 2018

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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 Kīlauea Volcano in the United States in May 2018.

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