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MDA lands two subsystem contracts from Thales worth $6.43M

MDA's subsystems aid a satellites' altimetry instruments, enables it to map things like ocean-surface topography


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RICHMOND, B.C.—MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) has signed two contracts with a combined value of 4.3 million euros (CAN$6.43 million) with Thales Alenia Space for four subsystems to be installed on the Sentinel-6A, -6B, -3C, and -3D environmental monitoring satellites, part of Europe’s Copernicus program.

These subsystems are dedicated to the satellites’ altimetry instruments and provide the satellites with the capability to measure the distance to Earth from the satellite, which enables it to map ocean-surface topography, for example.

MDA is a Richmond, B.C.-based communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.


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