Chorus is targeted to launch on SpaceXs Falcon 9 rocket in the Q4 2025 launch window from Florida.
Canadian space technology company MDA has selected SpaceX to launch Chorus, its next-generation Earth observation constellation, planned for launch in the fourth quarter of 2025. The mission will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket.
MDA announced the constellation in December 2021 and confirmed that production is well underway. It will build on the companys RadarSat heritage, with C-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites supplied by MDA, and X-band SAR satellites supplied by Iceye.
The Chorus constellation is designed to operate in a unique mid-inclination orbit and image day or night, regardless of weather conditions. It is designed to collect over a 700 km-wide imaging swath, down to sub-meter high resolution.
Speaking about the launch agreement, MDA CEO Mike Greenley said: The production of Chorus is well underway and we are looking forward to once again working with SpaceX to launch our next generation Earth observation capabilityThe Earth is big, dynamic and evolving daily, and our ability to see, measure and analyse what is happening in near real-time and over time is imperative to meeting the needs of our global customer base. The insight that Chorus will provide to governments, companies and organisations around the world will drive decisions and action, and will help to solve some of the biggest problems facing our planet”.