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RADARSAT International - Planning Process Overview



A) Ordering: Client submits the acquisition request to RSI
Client Services Representatives (CSR’s) will acquire details of the clients requirements including;
  • region (in degree units)
  • application
  • preferred beam mode (or resolution/incidence angle)
  • preferred dates or window of time
  • any other pertinent information
B) Checking: RSI checks for conflict with other RADARSAT activities.
  • Acquisition Planning (AP) will confirm the availability of resources and will re- check request parameters.
  • AP will issue a Technical Proposal
  • CSR will provide a Financial Proposal
C) Planning:
RSI: Once the Technical Proposal is signed, AP is able to submit a programming request to Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
  • Request parameters and satellite resources are rechecked
  • Processing requirements are confirmed
CSA: The CSA finalizes the planning process by planning the request and uploading the commands to the satellite, which leads to the acquisition.
  • CSA will check for available resources and potential conflict with other Order Desks.
D) Acquisition: Image is acquired at soonest possible satellite pass
E) Downlink of Data
  1. Real Time to a Network Station or
  2. On-Board Recorder storage followed by downlink to a Canadian facility
F) Processing: CDPF
  • Near Real Time - processed within 2-6 hours of reception at CDPF - includes electronic delivery
  • RUSH - processed within 48 hours of reception at CDPF
  • REGULAR - processed within 14 days of reception at CDPF
G) Acquisition Sent to Client
  • By Courier
  • Electronic Delivery





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