After nearly 20 years of planning and development, Canada will finally enter into military space with the expected launch of the Sapphire satellite early next year.

Built by prime contractor MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates in conjunction with COM DEV and two foreign firms, Britain’s Surrey Satellite Technology and Denmark’s Terma A/S, this electro-optical satellite will be located in low earth orbit and is designed to monitor the outer orbits between six and forty thousand kilometres from earth, and particularly the geo-synchronous and stationary (GEO) orbits in support of the U.S. Space Surveillance Network (SSN) and the NORAD early warning mission.  Read more at Vangaurd.

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