Canada is ready to launch the first military satellite

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Canada is ready to launch the first military satellite

Readiness for the launch of the first Canadian military satellite into space was announced by Canadian Defense Minister Peter McKay. The device, which is given the name "Sapphire" (Sapphire), should be launched in December with the task, as the defense ministry pointed out, "to track orbital objects in order to prevent collisions between satellites or satellites with space debris."

"The information that Sapphire will transmit will enhance our ability to protect objects belonging to Canada and its allies, as well as our interests," said McKay, speaking in the laboratory of the Canadian Space Agency in Ottawa, ITAR-TASS reports.

Our government views this satellite as an important component of the defense of Canada and North America through the efforts of the Joint Aerospace Defense of North America (NORAD). "

The Canadian government allocated the leading domestic aerospace company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. five years ago to create Sapphire. 66 million dollars.

A satellite with a length of 1 m and a mass of about 150 kg is expected to be launched using an Indian launch vehicle into a geopolar orbit of altitude 800 km.

The Canadian Ministry of Defense announced in May an agreement reached with the Pentagon on the establishment of "long-term partnerships aimed at monitoring the situation in space."

As emphasized in the then-widespread statement, information from Sapphire will be transferred to a single database of the space monitoring network managed by the US military, and thus Ottawa will contribute to "increasing the capacity for detecting and preventing satellite collisions with orbital debris ".

The Pentagon, in conjunction with NASA, tracks movements in near-Earth orbits in excess of 22 thousands of artificial objects larger than 10 cm, among which 1,1 thousands are active satellites.
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  1. YARY
    +7
    19 October 2012 11: 22
    "Canada has already become a country? And we allowed it?"
    American joke.
    "Every joke is a joke."
    Russian humor.
    1. 0
      19 October 2012 18: 07
      Legally, Canada is the possession of the Queen of England, so she must allow it.

      And about the satellite: what a horror, now Canada has a military satellite! We are sitting and quietly afraid!
  2. +1
    19 October 2012 11: 46
    from intentions to actions is far, one of our leaders, for example, plans to build a base on the moon ...
  3. +1
    19 October 2012 12: 11
    The antiresistance function of the satellite is "to prevent collisions between satellites or satellites with space debris." The actual space is littered.
    1. 0
      19 October 2012 14: 35
      The only question is how? Is he going to regulate the traffic there? Or to stand with a metal "chest" in the path of debris? Radar tracking of trajectories is somehow hard to believe - if you compare with such systems on the ground.
  4. +2
    19 October 2012 12: 15
    The Canadian government allocated the leading domestic aerospace company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. five years ago to create Sapphire. 66 million dollars.
    your mother, wear with these McLonalds to tie !!! am

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