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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.

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

The Prince Albert Satellite Station facility is ideally situated to receive the majority of data of the North American landmass and has been collecting this information since 1972.  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.

In Budget 2012, the Government of Canada invested almost $39 million in four new antennae.  As a result, the Prince Albert Satellite Station facility will host two new 13-meter antennae to replace two 10-meter antennae.

Today’s announcement marks the inauguration of the first state-of-the-art antenna for the Prince Albert Satellite Station facility.  The second antenna will be installed in 2014.

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

The new, state-of-the-art antennae are 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. SED was contracted for this work through a competitive process.

Ecomonic Action Plan 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. Compusult Inc. of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, will be developing the new system, which will be operational in 2014.

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Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada


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