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Remote Sensing Space Systems Regulations (SOR/2007-66)

Regulations are current to 2020-07-28 and last amended on 2007-04-05. Previous Versions

SCHEDULE 1(Paragraphs 2(1)(a) and (2)(a) and 3(2)(b), section 6 and paragraph 10(b))Information and Documents To Support an Application

Business Information and Documents

  • 1 The applicant’s name, identifying information and contact information.

  • 2 The name, identifying information and contact information of the individual proposed to be the contact person for the applicant.

  • 3 The following completed forms for the individual proposed to be the applicant’s contact person:

    • (a) Personnel Screening, Consent and Authorization Form (TBS/SCT 330-23) of the Treasury Board Secretariat, as amended from time to time;

    • (b) Security Screening Certificate and Briefing Form (TBS/SCT 330-47) of the Treasury Board Secretariat, as amended from time to time;

    • (c) Security Clearance Form (TBS/SCT 330-60) of the Treasury Board Secretariat, as amended from time to time; and

    • (d) Royal Canadian Mounted Police fingerprint form C216-C, as amended from time to time.

  • 4 If the applicant is an entity, other than a government or government agency,

    • (a) a certified copy of its instrument of incorporation or continuance or its business registration in its jurisdiction of operation, as the case may be;

    • (b) the name, identifying information and contact information of the chief executive officer and each of the applicant’s directors, if any;

    • (c) the name, identifying information and contact information of each of the applicant’s officers who will be responsible for the operation of the remote sensing space system;

    • (d) the name, identifying information and contact information of each owner of an interest equal to or greater than 10% in the applicant, and the interest held by that owner; and

    • (e) the name, identifying information and contact information of each person who exercises control over the applicant.

  • 5 The name, identifying information and contact information of each of the applicant’s secured creditors.

  • 6 The name, identifying information, contact information and amount of indebtedness for every person to whom the applicant is indebted for more than 5% of the applicant’s total indebtedness.

  • 7 The applicant’s plans for communicating raw data or providing remote sensing products, including

    • (a) making the data or products available to governments whose territories have been sensed by the remote sensing space system; and

    • (b) providing preferred or exclusive access to the data or products.

  • 8 The address where the applicant’s records will be maintained.

General System Information

  • 9 The name and a short description of the remote sensing space system, including the number of remote sensing satellites of the system, the planned date that each satellite will become operational and the anticipated mission life of each satellite.

  • 10 The proposed launch date, vehicle and site.

Orbit Information

  • 11 The nominal orbit and tolerances of each remote sensing satellite of the remote sensing space system, including

    • (a) the semi-major axis, eccentricity, inclination, longitude of right ascension, argument of periapsis, argument of mean anomaly and epoch;

    • (b) the period, repeat cycle and any subcycle; and

    • (c) the equator crossing time of the ascending node of any sun-synchronous orbit.

Remote Sensing Satellite Disposal

  • 12 The potential hazard from space debris and the strategy to mitigate that hazard for each remote sensing satellite of the remote sensing space system, including

    • (a) the method of disposal that is proposed for each satellite and the reliability of that method;

    • (b) the estimated duration of the satellite disposal operation;

    • (c) the probability of loss of human life and how it was calculated;

    • (d) the amount of debris expected to reach the surface of the Earth, the size of the impact area expressed in square metres, and how they were calculated;

    • (e) the geographic boundaries of the likely debris re-entry impact area, the confidence level of the determination of the boundaries and how the boundaries and confidence level were calculated;

    • (f) the identity and quantity of hazardous material and dangerous goods contained in each satellite at the end of its mission life, the quantity expected to reach the surface of the Earth on re-entry and how the quantities were calculated;

    • (g) the orbital elements and epochs of the proposed disposal orbits for each satellite; and

    • (h) an assessment of space debris expected to be released from each satellite during normal operations by explosions, by intentional break-ups and by on-orbit collisions, and the measures proposed to mitigate the production of space debris.

Remote Sensing Satellite Information and Documents

  • 13 A technical description of each remote sensing satellite of the remote sensing space system, including

    • (a) a drawing of the satellite in its on-orbit configuration;

    • (b) its command and data handling subsystem capabilities, including its data storage technology and capacity, data transfer rate, method of access to stored data and directionality of its command, telemetry and downlink antennas;

    • (c) its navigation, guidance and control capabilities, including the accuracy of position, velocity, acceleration and time, and the type of technology used for those capabilities;

    • (d) its attitude control subsystem capabilities, including the jerk and jitter, and the type of technology used for those capabilities;

    • (e) its propulsion subsystem capabilities, including the amount of propellant allocated for the disposal of the satellite;

    • (f) its sensor technology for each sensor, including

      • (i) the sensor modes,

      • (ii) the spatial resolution capability of each sensor mode, and how it was calculated,

      • (iii) the centre frequency or wavelength, bandwidth and sweep, if any, of the transmitted and received spectral bands used in each sensor mode indicating which sensor modes are co-registered by common sensor elements and which sensor modes are independent,

      • (iv) the polarization of transmitted and received signals with respect to each sensor mode,

      • (v) the fields of view or beam widths for each sensor mode,

      • (vi) for each sensor mode, the range of viewing angles or angles of incidence, and their increments of change,

      • (vii) for each sensor mode, the slew and squint angles and their rates of change, and a description of the scan mechanisms employed,

      • (viii) the ground distance from nadir and the instantaneous swath width and potential swath width for each sensor mode,

      • (ix) the image motion compensation parameters, including those for linear motion and drift,

      • (x) if applicable, the characteristics of the time-delayed integration mode used within the sensor focal plane,

      • (xi) spatial, spectral and temporal oversampling, aggregation and resampling capabilities,

      • (xii) sensitivity, including noise-equivalent-spectral-radiance for electro-optic sensors, noise-equivalent-sigmas for synthetic aperture radar sensors and noise-equivalent-temperature-differences for thermal infrared sensors,

      • (xiii) for each sensor mode, the signal-to-noise ratio, dynamic range and quantization,

      • (xiv) if applicable, the range of solar illumination angles on the surface of the Earth over which the sensor can operate,

      • (xv) the absolute and relative geolocation accuracy of the raw data and remote sensing products and how they were calculated, and

      • (xvi) calibration methods, including absolute calibration accuracy; and

    • (g) the minimum time in hours between the acquisition of raw data by the satellite and the communication of the data or the provision of remote sensing products to a recipient.

Command Protection Plan

  • 14 The general strategy with respect to command protection.

  • 15 The location and function of all facilities, including mobile facilities, to be used to process sales orders or to give commands in the operation of the remote sensing space system.

  • 16 A general description and block diagram of all facilities to be used to process sales orders or to give commands, including the longitude and latitude and station mask of each telemetry, tracking and command station.

    • 17 (1) A general description and block diagram of the communication architecture that includes descriptions of

      • (a) each system supporting the facilities that are to be used to process sales orders or to give commands to the remote sensing satellite;

      • (b) links between the facilities and the satellite;

      • (c) links for relaying sales orders or satellite commands between facilities on the ground; and

      • (d) crosslinks between satellites.

    • (2) The radio-frequency link information for command uplinks, including the characterization of each link and the type of information carried by each communication channel.

    • (3) The protocols to be used in the communication architecture.

    • (4) A description of the encryption to be used on all communication channels, including keying and rekeying schemes.

    • (5) Management plans for the keys to be used in satellite uplinks, in command relays and in facilities for command generation and the processing of sales orders.

  • 18 A general description of

    • (a) the content and format of the proposed sales orders and the commands to be given in the operation of the remote sensing space system; and

    • (b) the process used to determine the commands given to the remote sensing satellite that sets out the priority of conflicting sales orders requiring the same resources of the satellite.

  • 19 A diagram that

    • (a) shows each step to be taken by the applicant or proposed system participant from the placement of a sales order for raw data or a remote sensing product to the communication of the raw data to a recipient or the provision of the remote sensing product to a recipient; and

    • (b) indicates the command protection measures proposed for each step.

  • 20 A description of the command protection measures proposed for each step of the business process, including

    • (a) the measures proposed for each facility to be used to process sales orders or to give commands to the remote sensing satellite, including measures relating to

      • (i) the security screening of personnel,

      • (ii) the physical security of the facility, and

      • (iii) the information assurance, within the facility, of sales orders and satellite commands;

    • (b) the measures proposed for the communication of sales orders and satellite commands between the facilities of the remote sensing space system, including measures relating to physical and electronic protection and information assurance; and

    • (c) the measures proposed for the communication of commands to remote sensing satellites, including measures relating to electronic protection and information assurance.

  • 21 Proposed measures to comply with

    • (a) the conditions in paragraphs 8(4)(a) to (f) of the Act;

    • (b) an order that may be made under section 14 or 15 of the Act; and

    • (c) section 16 of the Act.

Data Protection Plan

  • 22 The general strategy with respect to data protection.

  • 23 The location and function of all facilities, including mobile facilities, to be used to handle raw data and remote sensing products in the operation of the remote sensing space system.

  • 24 A general description and block diagram of all facilities to be used to handle raw data and remote sensing products, including the longitude and latitude and station mask of each ground station.

    • 25 (1) A general description and block diagram of the proposed communication architecture that includes descriptions of

      • (a) each system supporting the facilities that are to be used to handle raw data and remote sensing products;

      • (b) links between the facilities and the remote sensing satellite;

      • (c) links for the relaying of raw data and remote sensing products between facilities on the ground; and

      • (d) crosslinks between remote sensing satellites.

    • (2) The radio-frequency downlink information, including the characterization of each link and the type of information carried by each communication channel.

    • (3) The protocols to be used in the communication architecture.

    • (4) A description of the encryption to be used on all communication channels including keying and rekeying schemes.

    • (5) Management plans for the keys to be used in satellite downlinks and relays and in facilities used to handle raw data and remote sensing products.

  • 26 A general description of

    • (a) the content and format of raw data and remote sensing products; and

    • (b) the processes to be employed to alter image quality and information content at each step from the acquisition of raw data to the provision of a remote sensing product, including such processes as spatial or spectral pixel aggregation — discarding low order analog-to-digital bits — and data compression.

  • 27 A diagram that

    • (a) shows each step to be taken by the applicant or proposed system participant from the placement of a sales order for raw data or a remote sensing product to the communication of raw data to a recipient or the provision of the remote sensing product to a recipient; and

    • (b) indicates the data protection measures proposed for each step.

  • 28 A description of the data protection measures proposed for each step of the business process, including

    • (a) the measures proposed for each facility to be used to handle raw data and remote sensing products, including measures relating to

      • (i) the security screening of personnel,

      • (ii) the physical security of the facility, and

      • (iii) the information assurance, within the facility, in respect of raw data and remote sensing products;

    • (b) the measures proposed for the transfer of raw data and remote sensing products between the facilities of the remote sensing space system, including measures relating to physical and electronic protection and information assurance; and

    • (c) the measures proposed for the communication of raw data and the provision of remote sensing products to recipients, including measures relating to physical and electronic protection and information assurance.

  • 29 Proposed measures to comply with any conditions of the licence that restrict the communication of raw data or the provision of remote sensing products related to

    • (a) recipients or classes of recipients of raw data or remote sensing products;

    • (b) sensor modes;

    • (c) types of raw data or remote sensing products;

    • (d) the time between the acquisition of raw data by the remote sensing satellite and the communication of the raw data or the provision of a remote sensing product to a recipient;

    • (e) the sensed territory;

    • (f) the location of the recipients; and

    • (g) any agreements entered into under paragraph 8(6)(b) or (7)(b) of the Act.

Command and Data Protection Plan

  • 30 In lieu of a separate command protection plan and data protection plan, a combined command and data protection plan that contains the information and documents set out in sections 14 to 29 of this Schedule.

Affiliated Entities

  • 31 The name, identifying information and contact information of each entity affiliated with the applicant that will be involved in the operation of the licensed system, a description of their involvement and the name, identifying information and contact information of each person who exercises control over the affiliated entity.

System Participant Information

  • 32 If the application includes a request to designate a person to be a system participant,

    • (a) the proposed system participant’s name, identifying information and contact information;

    • (b) the address of each facility to be used by the proposed system participant for carrying on controlled activities, including the location and station mask of each ground station and telemetry, tracking and command station; and

    • (c) a copy of an agreement or proposed agreement between the applicant and the proposed system participant that specifies

      • (i) the territory from which the proposed system participant will communicate raw data and provide remote sensing products or will give commands to the remote sensing satellite,

      • (ii) the proposed system participant’s data protection plan that contains the information and documents referred to in sections 22 to 29 of this Schedule as modified to relate to the proposed system participant’s operations, and, if the applicant intends to permit the proposed system participant to formulate or give a command to a remote sensing satellite of the system, its command protection plan that contains the information and documents referred to in sections 14 to 21 of this Schedule as modified to relate to the proposed system participant’s operations,

      • (iii) how the proposed system participant will make raw data and remote sensing products available to the governments of countries whose territories have been sensed by the system,

      • (iv) how the proposed system participant will make raw data available to the applicant before the data is disposed of,

      • (v) how the proposed system participant will assist the applicant to provide service pursuant to an order under section 15 of the Act,

      • (vi) the proposed system participant’s obligation to maintain records, the address where the records will be maintained and the proposed system participant’s obligation to allow the applicant access to them,

      • (vii) the proposed system participant’s obligation to make periodic or other reports to the applicant,

      • (viii) the proposed system participant’s obligation to allow the applicant or an inspector access to their facilities in order to monitor compliance with the proposed system participant’s data protection plan and the proposed system participant’s command protection plan, if any, and

      • (ix) the obligation of the proposed system participant to allow the applicant or an inspector access to their facilities in order to monitor compliance on the part of the applicant with the applicant’s command protection plan and data protection plan and the applicant’s requirements under the Act, these Regulations and the conditions of the licence.

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