BackForward Satellite: RCM-1 

Satellite details
Acronym RCM-1
Full name RadarSat Constellation Mission - 1
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 1st flight unit of the RCM programme.
  • Main mission: multi-purpose SAR observation, expecially for ice.
  • Substantial contribution to surveillance and emergency management.
  • Includes AIS reception for ship location
Mass at launch 1300 kg Dry mass
Power 1600 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data are distributed on a commercial basis by MDA Geospatial Services from the CDPF in Gatineau.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 592 km
ECT 06:00 desc


Space agency CSA
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 12 Jun 2019 EOL ≥2026
Last update: 2022-10-03
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on RCM-1

Acronym Full name
SAR RCM Synthetic Aperture Radar (C-band) for RadarSat constellation
AIS Automated Identification System
Show instrument status and calibration
Satellite frequencies for Earth Observation, data transfer and platform communications and control
Frequencies for satellite management
Service Direction Frequency (MHz) Emission designator Bandwidth (kHz) Polarisation D/A Data rate (kbps) or Baseband (kHz) Comments
TT & C S-E 2230 MHz 600KG1D 600 kHz RHCP D 500  kbps Spacecraft telemetry
TT & C E-S 2053.46 MHz 500KG2D 500 kHz RHCP D 4  kbps Spacecraft telecommand
Earth observation MW frequencies
Service Sensing mode Frequency (GHz) Bandwidth (MHz) Polarisation Comments
SAR RCM active 5.405 GHz 140 MHz H&V C-Band SAR
AIS passive 0.0002 GHz 0.025 MHz H&V AIS signal reception
Frequencies for scientific data acquisition and communication services at ground stations
Service Direction Frequency (MHz) Bandwidth (kHz) Polarisation D/A Data rate (kbps) or Baseband (kHz) Comments
SAR RCM S-E 8105 MHz 100000 kHz RHCP D 150000  kbps Science data downlink channel 1
SAR RCM S-E 8230 MHz 100000 kHz RHCP D 150000  kbps Science data downlink channel 2