Satellite Operations

Low Earth Orbit Satellites


SED provides Satellite Operations services and we’re the industry leader in Canada when it comes to flying specialized Earth Observation Satellites.  SED is the resident Prime Contractor at the Canadian Space Agency, near Montreal, providing 24/7 flight services to CSA smallsat missions.  Our beginnings in operating satellites started with the pre-launch and launch of Radarsat-1, whose original mission life of 7 years was extended to almost 19 years as a result of SEDs talents in performing safe and sustainable operations. SED also currently supports the flight of other CSA smallsat missions such as Scisat-1 and NEOSSat, as well as providing a range of day-to-day services in flying the Radarsat-2 satellite.

SED Satellite Ops

Our team consists of Satellite Engineers, whose expertise is well distributed in power systems, thermal, attitude control, as well as avionics. SED’s flight dynamics group performs orbit determination, plans burns for collision avoidance, as well as maintaining a tight control on satellite ground track performance for best imaging results. Our team also consists of highly experienced real-time operations personnel involved with pass planning, console real-time operations and maintenance of a variety of mission control and networking platforms. In addition our team boasts specialized hardware and RF expertise to maintain RF, baseband, as well as full motion antenna systems.

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