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The primary contractor, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), built
and developed with an average of 45 Canadians the Sapphire system at a cost
under CAD 66 million, reaching a total CAD 100 million when including the costs
for ground infrastructure, the operations center, and personnel costs.
greater operational effectiveness, Canada chose to partner with the US Space
Surveillance Network (SSN) in accordance with a Canadian Forces' Memorandum
of Understanding with the US Air Force (USAF) signed on May 14, 2012. "As
space continues to be an important part of the global security environment,
the observational data from the Sapphire satellite will be integral to increasing
our ability to protect Canadian and allies' assets and interests in space," said Defense
Minister Peter MacKay in October 2012.
This space-based electro-optical
sensor will track man-made space objects in high Earth orbit as part of Canada's
continued support of Space Situational Awareness (SSA), Canadian sources added.
On February 25, the Sapphire satellite was successfully launched from
Sriharikota, India, by the Indian Space Research Organization. This
milestone step in reducing the threat to our critical space capabilities," declared
Bruce Donaldson, Vice-Chief of the Defense Staff.
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