TerraSAR-X and RADARSAT-2 to Improve Monitoring Over North Canadian Region
- The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has awarded Airbus Defence and Space with two research projects to enhance Emergency Preparedness and Safety of Operations in collaboration with Canadian partners
•Airbus Defence and Space will monitor man-made changes on land and support tactical ship route planning in Arctic Waters
Based on the trusted collaboration in space, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have announced the funding of sixmajor research projects in the domain of Emergency Response and Safety of Operations.DLR has awardedAirbus Defence and Spacewith two of them.
In collaboration with MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, Ltd.(MDA), the first project will examine man-made changes on land using multi-frequency SAR satellite Data. The methods developed throughoutthis project will monitor thechanges’ impacton the environmentincluding new buildings, roads, forests, and surface movements due to industrial activities such as mining. For the second project, Airbus Defence and Space will work with C-COREto investigatethe synergistic use of X-and C-band SAR-data for tactical ship route planning in Arcti Waters, itsobjective being to monitor the sea ice situation along shipping routesin the north. Both Canadian partners receive funds from CSA.
Taking benefit fromcombining bothmissions - the German TerraSAR-X and Canadian RADARSAT-2 satellites - these projects aim tosupport safe transportation, exploration, and monitoring. Enfotec Technical Services Inc., one of the end users, believes that “satellite imagery plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and efficiency of navigation in ice covered waters. This project addresses how to best use different satellites concurrently in order to increase the overall quality of the ice information
provided to ships.” “With ourexperience in natural disasters and maritime monitoring, we areconfident to support Canada in improving its emergency capacity readiness in the High North” said Simon Jacques, President of Airbus Defence and Space Canada Inc.
About Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs more than 38,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €13 billion per year.