Canada's tiny satellite keeps an eye out for danger

Artist rendition of the NEOSSat. DRDC Handout/ QMI Agency

Artist rendition of the NEOSSat. DRDC Handout/ QMI Agency

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

OTTAWA - Canada will soon have new eyes in the sky keeping watch for astroids that could cause devastation if they ever slammed into the Earth.

"This is the type of thing that isn't necessarily happening every day, of course, but certainly when it happens it's a significant event," said William Harvey, project manager for the Near-Earth Object Space Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat) program at the Canadian Space Agency.

NEOSSat is a $25-million telescope-wielding satellite the size of a large suitcase, funded 50-50 by the Canadian Space Agency and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

It's set for a long-delayed launch from India on Feb. 18.


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