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.