Maxar Technologies won't have access to the Canadian military's three-satellite Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM), forcing the company to continue relying on the Radarsat-2 satellite launched in 2007 to support its radar business.
An unnamed backer of Canadian Earth observation company UrtheCast’s proposed radar and optical satellite constellation has asked for UrtheCast to develop a standalone radar satellite ahead of the rest of its constellation.
The U.S. Air Force has closed a radar tracking station on the Caribbean island of Antigua. The station, formally closed in July, tracked launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida for the 45th Space Wing.
Successful launch provides on-orbit insurance for radar portion of four-satellite constellation.