Oct 24, 2013

MDA increases provision of Radarsat-2 information and services in Europe

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(21 October 2013) MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) announced today that it has signed two contracts totaling CA$7.5 million for the provision of Radarsat-2 information and services.

The Norwegian Space Centre has extended the contract signed in January 2003 for MDA to provide Radarsat-2 information to the Norwegian government for a further three years for use in ice mapping, landslide monitoring, oil spill detection, and ship detection services.

The second contract is an amendment for MDA to extend its provision of Radarsat-2 imagery until November 2014 in support of Europe’s Copernicus program (previously known as Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), under a contract previously announced in August 2011. The Radarsat-2 imagery will be used to provide mission critical information for sea ice monitoring of the Baltic Sea, Arctic Ocean, and Antarctic Ocean throughout the ice seasons, improving the safety of maritime navigation and supporting environmental monitoring as part of the Copernicus program. Copernicus was established to provide users in Europe with access to accurate and timely information services to better manage the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security.

About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA’s business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA’s well-established global customer base is served by more than 4,500 employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

(source: MDA) and spacenews

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