Radar satellites can acquire imagery regardless of weather and illumination conditions, can image areas that are typically out of shore-based radar, and can cover areas more efficiently, quickly and cost effectively than airborne surveillance. Because of these features, they are an ideal tool for maritime industries - particularly those who are trying to curb depleting fish stocks and reduce environmental risks within their EEZs.
RADARSAT-1's innate suitability for ship detection applications has enabled it to become a valuable resource for surveillance programs designed to support the following activities:
- Protecting maritime environments
- Combating illegal fishing
- Promoting safe ship navigation