Starsem launched Radarsat-2 for Canada’s MDA on Dec. 14 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz rocket’s Fregat upper stage accurately injected the satellite into its targeted low Earth orbit at 798 km. (496 mi.) altitude, according to Starsem, with two ignitions to place the satellite into orbit 53 min. after launch. Radarsat-2 will be dedicated to environmental monitoring, resource and disaster management and mapping in Canada and around the world.


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