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Canada to launch next generation of satellites: Harper

08-26-2010 09:50 BJT

RESOLUTE BAY, Canada, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday announced support for the next phase of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), a system of three advanced remote sensing satellites.

Harper made the remarks when he inspected Operation NANOOK 10 in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, a major sovereignty exercise conducted in Canada's High Arctic region.

"By supporting the world-class RADARSAT Constellation Mission, our Government will ensure Canada maintains its role as a world leader in aerospace technology," he said, addressing a gathering of Canadian soldiers, police and rangers.

Harper, who is on a five-day annual summer tour of Canada's North, said that this cutting-edge project will also create highly- skilled jobs, and attract the world's best scientists, technicians and engineers to Canada's world-renowned space industry.

The RADARSAT Constellation marks the next phase of Canada's efforts to use space to its advantage.

From the unique vantage point of space, the RADARSAT Constellation will provide National Defense with daily coverage of Canada's land mass and ocean approaches from coast-to-coast-to- coast, especially in the Arctic, and support its troops deployed on active service in Canada and abroad.

"The RADARSAT project has consistently allowed us to defend our Arctic sovereignty, protect the Arctic ecosystem, and develop our resources," Harper said. "This new phase of RADARSAT will ensure we stay at the forefront of these priorities."

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