Third heaviest satellite launched by Soyuz into space at 2,924 kg
Operated by MDA Corporation of Canada, Radarsat-2 is a commercial satellite launched for the purpose of earth observation (Radar Imaging).
Delivered via Soyuz (launch vehicle) from Baikonur Cosmodrome, it was launched into space on 14 December 2007 and orbits the Earth as a sun-synchronous LEO satellite. Radarsat-2 was constructed by MacDonald, Dettwiler/Thales Alenia Spazio (Canada/Italy).
With a launch mass of 2,924kg, Radarsat-2 is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 7 years. It orbits around the Earth with the COSPAR ID 2007-061A and NORAD ID 32382.
Taking 101 minutes to orbit the Earth, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 791km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 793km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 1.40E-04 and it orbits at an inclination of 99 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.