Sapphire: Launched 2013

Sapphire: Launched 2013

SSTL supplied the satellite platform to MacDonald Dettwiler Associates for the SAPPHIRE satellite-based Resident Space Object (RSO) observing service that provides accurate tracking data on deep space orbiting objects. 

SAPPHIRE is a key element of the Canadian Space Surveillance System, and is a contributing sensor to the US Space Surveillance Network. It is a space-based electro-optical sensor that will provide accurate and timely tracking data to the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) on space objects at orbit altitudes between 6,000km and 40,000km.

MDA is the prime contractor for the SAPPHIRE mission, including launch.

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