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MDA inks $8M worth of contract extensions for clients using their satellite

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., has reached agreement with three international clients to extend use of the RADARSAT-2 satellite

February 3, 2017  by Canadian Staff

VANCOUVER—MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), a global communications and information company based in Richmond B.C., announced Feb. 3 that it has signed three contract amendments with customers to provide information collected by their RADARSAT-2 satellite.

The Canadian Space Agency funded the construction and launch of this commercial satellite, which MDA owns and operates.

The RADARSAT-2 contracts, worth approximately $8 million, include:

  •  extending the provision of RADARSAT-2 information to EarthStar Inc., a subsidiary of EarthView Image Inc., up to December 31, 2021. EarthStar uses the information primarily for land monitoring and change detection
  •  extending the provision of RADARSAT-2 information to the Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) until December 31, 2018. NSC uses the information for various maritime and terrestrial applications.
  •  extending the provision of RADARSAT-2 information until December 31, 2018 to Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT). KSAT will use the information primarily for ship detection, oil pollution detection and ice monitoring

The RADARSAT-2 satellite has global high-resolution surveillance capabilities that include a large collection capacity and high accuracy data acquisition.


The information provided by the satellite is suited to markets that require either broad-area monitoring or targeted surveillance, such as defence and security, land use management, agriculture, disaster management and natural resources.

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