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NEOSSat (Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite)
Known as an asteroid hunter, MSCI’s innovative NEOSSat microsatellite will enable Canada to launch a telescope with unprecedented abilities to track asteroids in Earth’s orbit, as well as satellites in high orbit.
The NEOSSat program has successfully moved through Phases 1 and 2 of MSCI’s design activities, passing system requirement specs and preliminary design, effectively demonstrating feasibility and risk retirement.
The NEOSSat missions are funded by Defence Research Development Canada (DRDC) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Together CSA and DRDC form a Joint Project Office to manage the NEOSSat design, construction and launch phases.
Expected to launch in 2010, and built upon the success of the MOST microsatellite, which demonstrated that an inexpensive spacecraft can carry a telescope designed to keep track of space objects, NEOSSat will be used for the HEOSS and NESS projects.
High Earth Orbit Space Surveillance (HEOSS) will track and catalogue objects in mid-to-deep-space orbits, such as GPS satellites, communication satellites and weather satellites.
Near Earth Space Surveillance (NESS) will search for asteroids near the Sun. This near-Sun region is relatively rich in some orbital classes of near-Earth asteroids and is difficult to search using ground-based telescopes.
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