SpaceX launching Canadian Cassiope satellite into space this Sunday
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Cassiope satellite for the Canadian Space Agency this Sunday. Canada is launching Cassiope in an effort to unravel “the mysteries of space weather.”
The satellite is 4 feet by 6 feet, and will monitor the activity of solar particles using cameras that examine auroras, spectrometers, electron imagers, radio receivers, a “flux gate magnetometer,” and other cool space stuff. This information could help protect the Earth’s infrastructure from damaging solar storms.
Cassiope — which stands for Cascade Smallsat and Ionospheric Polar Explorer– will also carry a “technology demonstrator Cascade payload” whose purpose is to move high volume data anywhere in the world.
Cassiope is the first of three satellites that Canada is sending into orbit as part of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, which is intended to provide maritime surveillance, disaster management, and ecosystem monitoring capabilities through an enhance polar outflow probe (ePOP), as
This is the largest space program in Canada’s history.
Together, the three satellites will offer complete daily coverage of Canada’s 3,855,100 square miles of territory, and Canada will be able to monitor polar ice conditions, oil pills, ship movements, forest fires, wetlands and coastal changes, etc.