RadarSat 1

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Satellite characteristics

Launch Date - End 4 November 1995 - 29 March 2013

Status Decommissioned

Orbit type Near circular sun-synchronous dawn-dusk orbit

Altitude 798

Orbit inclination 98.6

Equatorial crossing time 18:00:00

Orbit period 100.7

Satellite family: RadarSat constellation

The first Canadian developed and commercially operated Earth observation satellite with the objective to monitor environmental change and the planet's natural resources in the microwave region.

The observational SAR data is useful to both commercial and scientific users in such fields as disaster management, interferometry, agriculture, cartography, hydrology, forestry, oceanography, ice studies and coastal monitoring.

Sensor characteristics

Sensor name SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) Radarsat1
Sensor short description
Sensor type Imaging microwave radar
Resolution class High (5 - 30 m)
Swath width (at nadir) 50 km
Revisit frequency 24 days
Max look angle 59┬░