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Feds award $6.7M in satellite data contracts

Federal Industry Minister James Moore announced the spending to boost usefulness of data from Canada's Earth Observations mission RADARSAT-2

Canada's RADARSAT-2 Earth observation satellite

Canada’s RADARSAT-2 Earth observation satellite

MONTREAL—The federal government has awarded 12 contracts totalling about $6.7 million to develop systems, products and services that will optimize the use of data from Canada’s Earth observation satellites—namely RADARSAT-2.

Launched in December 2007, RADARSAT-2 is a commercial radar satellite that enhances marine surveillance, ice monitoring, disaster management, environmental monitoring, resource management and mapping in Canada and around the world.

The new technologies developed will enhance radar data to:

  • help the agricultural industry monitor crops and forecast yields;
  • help map Canada’s wetlands, study river ice;
  • help monitor Canada’s forest inventory;
  • monitor pipelines and oil and gas transportation;
  • monitor natural disasters such as floods and landslides.

The contracts were awarded to MDA Systems, 3vGeomatics, MDA Geospatial Surveillance and Intelligence (GSI), ASL Environmental Sciences, Array Systems Computing, Kepler Space Inc., Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), AECOM, GHGSat, PCI Geomatics, Effigis Geo-Solutions and C-CORE.

The contracts were awarded following a Request for Proposals (RFP) in February 2014. The RFP was issued by the CSA’s Earth Observation Applications Development Program.

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