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    Hard Work and Creativity Pays Off! Polar Epsilon 2 Celebrates a Key Milestone

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    In May 2020, the Polar Epsilon 2 (PE2) project delivered by Assistant Deputy Minister (Information Management) reached a key milestone of Limited Operations. The project faced challenges during the ongoing global pandemic, but through innovative solutions, Limited Operations was achieved, serving as an example of inter and intradepartmental teamwork, project flexibility and creativity.

    The PE2 project is delivering this capability to the Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces (DND/) in order to leverage the Canadian Space Agency's RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM).  The RCM is a three-spacecraft fleet of Earth observation satellites that provides data for climate research and commercial applications including oil exploration, fishing, shipping, and more. The outbreak of COVID-19 drastically increased the need for the PE2 capability. The Chief of Defense Staff's () recent Op LASER Directive and the related FRAGO 001 Annex A, tasked the Royal Canadian Air to leverage the RCM capability that is being delivered via PE2, as an important component of 's Pandemic Response Plan.

    The demand for an operational PE2 system was a daunting ask given the circumstances. Much of the team was working offsite or at home, and could not travel to run the formal test events that were meant to precede the start of full PE2 operations.

    The PE2 Team stepped up and quickly got to work implementing the CDS' direction.  Innovation and…

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