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Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has been the centre of expertise in remote sensing technologies for the Government of Canada since 1971; as such, NRCan is responsible for maintaining three satellite station facilities which are used for remote sensing.

Remote sensing uses aerial and satellite technology to detect and classify objects on the Earth. The technology is used to monitor and understand Canada’s landmass and coastal waters, help to ensure the safety and security of Canadians, and promote sound stewardship of our country. NRCan collects Earth observation data using its satellite station facilities and works with other government organisations to develop applications for its effective use.

There are three satellite stations facilities, strategically located across Canada to ensure full coverage of the country.  They are located in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; Gatineau, Quebec; and Inuvik, Northwest Territories. 

Established in 1972, the Prince Albert Satellite Station facility is ideally situated to receive the majority of data of the North American landmass.  The Gatineau Satellite Station facility was established in 1986 and receives Earth observation data on Canada’s eastern landmass and navigation routes. The Inuvik Satellite Station facility was established in 2010 and allows NRCan to complement its cross-Canada coverage.

Today’s announcement will provide $38.9 million for the purchase and installation of state-of-the-art technology for NRCan’s three satellite station facilities across the country.

As a result of this investment, the Prince Albert Satellite Station facility will receive two new 13-meter antennas to replace two 10-meter antennas. The first antenna will be operational in June 2013, and the second one will be operational by the end of 2014.

The Gatineau Satellite Station facility and the Inuvik satellite station facility will each receive a new 13-metre antenna.  Both of these antennas will be operational by the end of 2014. The new Gatineau antennas will replace two old 10-metre antennas at the Gatineau facility.

Budget 2012 also provided funding for the development of a data management system to ensure the data received by these facilities are accessible to the users. It will be operational in the spring of 2014.

The new, state-of-the-art antennas will be delivered and installed by SED Systems Ltd. Based in Saskatoon and a division of Calian Technologies, SED provides satellite operations services for government and commercial clients around the world. This marks the first time in 25 years that NRCan has purchased antenna infrastructure. SED was contracted for this work through a competitive process.

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Carly Wolff
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada


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