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MDA extends satellite operations capability through contract award by the Canadian Space Agency

The total estimated contract price is valued at CAD$36.6M

January 29, 2021  by CM Staff

BRAMPTON — On Jan. 29, MDA announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to provide satellite flight operations and data management services for the Agency’s Earth observation and space situational awareness satellite missions.

MDA will provide spacecraft health monitoring and control, operational analysis, basic system maintenance, data order handling, image quality control and data processing and archiving for the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), SCISAT and NEOSSat from the CSA’s Multi-Mission Control Centre in Longueuil, Quebec.

MDA has partnered with two Canadian space firms – Calian Advanced Technologies and Mission Control Space Services – to deliver this service.

The total estimated contract price is valued at CAD$36.6M excluding taxes and covers a three-year period, with an option to renew the contract for up to two additional years.

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Under separate contract to Canada’s Department of National Defence, MDA also operates Sapphire, Canada’s surveillance of space satellite which shared a launch vehicle with NEOSSat, as well as MDA’s own Earth observation satellite, RADARSAT-2.

“This announcement is great news for the team at MDA. In addition to continuing to build on our decades long partnership with the Canadian Space Agency, this project will extend our key role on the RADARSAT Constellation Mission. It also continues to expand our portfolio of active operational services contracts with recurring annual revenue streams.” said Mike Greenley, Chief Executive Officer, MDA.