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U.S. reluctant to launch Canadian satellite Americans worried data could be sold to terrorists

Gloria Galloway National Post

A Canadian-built satellite that will be able to see objects on Earth that are as small as three- metres wide has raised the concern of the U.S. national defence.

Canadian and American negotiators are attempting to reach an agreement that would see NASA launch the Radarsat-2 satellite in November, 2001.

But American intelligence experts have expressed strong reservations that the data obtained could be sold to terrorists.

"Any satellite imagery that goes below five-metres resolution, if sold to non-government users, is considered a threat to the U.S. national security," said Hugues Gilbert, the director of strategic development for the Canadian Space Agency.