Radarsat -2 is a Canadian Earth observation satellite.
He was taken on 14 December 2007 into space from Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome. The Earth observation satellite was built by the Canadian company MDA Space Missions, and is from the Canadian Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency ( CSA) operated. The satellite has a SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar ) sensor with different polarization modes. Among other mode data of the four channels HH, HV, VV and VH can be recorded simultaneously in the full - polarimetric. The highest geometric resolution of the satellite is 3 m, the position accuracy is 100 m. Data can be captured with a swath width of up to 500 km. The frequency of the transmitted signal is 5,405 GHz ( C-band ).
Data from the satellite can be used for a variety of application areas, including land use mapping, sea ice mapping, vessel monitoring and for flood mapping.
Radarsat -2 is a successor of RADARSAT -1. Radarsat -2 flies in a sun-synchronous orbit at 798 km altitude.
Like its predecessor, Radarsat -1, the satellite is in addition to research for international co-operation for Space and Major Disasters.