Published April 9, 2013 – A “technical anomaly” appears to have knocked out Canada’s Radarsat-1 satellite, which has been beaming images of everything from Arctic ice to oilspills down to earth for almost 18 years.
Vancouver Sun Mon Jan 2 2012
By Margaret Munro
The alerts from U.S. Strategic Command now arrive every couple of weeks – warnings that space junk is hurtling toward one of Canada’s multi-million-dollar satellites.
The mathematical whizzes at the Canadian Space Agency assess the odds of their space-craft being hit by the debris, much of it from missile tests, rocket launches and mid-orbit collisions. More often than not, they sit tight.
But five times this year the space agency has fired up the thrusters on Canada’s $500-million Radarsat satellites to move them out of harm’s way.
“The numbers of near-misses are going up, rather alarmingly,” said David Kendall, the CSA’s director general of space science and technology. Continue reading →