CanX-7 Satellite Mission


The reception of aircraft-generated Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) signals by satellites in low Earth orbit will allow surveillance of aircraft over regions not covered by radar, such as oceans and the high Arctic.

An RMC ADS-B receiver was launched into a 690 km sun synchronous orbit on 26 September 2016 on the CanX-7 nanosatellite (10 × 10 × 34 cm, 3.5 kg) as a technology demonstrator for space-based monitoring of air traffic.

The satellite also contains a 4 m2 drag sail that will demonstrate accelerated deorbiting.

The ADS-B aircraft tracking receiver will be tested over a six-month period at which point the drag sail will be deployed.

For more information, please visit the Space Flight Laboratory.

CanX-7 nanosatellite

CanX-7 with drag-sail deployedCanX-7 with drag-sail deployed

ADS-B data from CanX-7 showing aircraft over the North Atlantic, 28 Sept 2016 (map © 2016 Google, data © Government of Canada)
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