Canadian Space Agency awards MDA contracts - RADARSAT-2 readied to support proposed tandem mission with RADARSAT-3

Press Release From: MDA
Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2001

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. has been awarded two contracts totaling $6.7 million by the Canadian Space Agency. Under the first contract for $5.7 million, MDA will implement specific modifications to the RADARSAT-2 spacecraft to support a proposed tandem mission with RADARSAT-3. The second contract awarded to the Richmond-based company, worth $1 million, provides for the implementation of the second phase of a Mission Definition Study, including the preparation of a detailed implementation plan for RADARSAT-3.

The RADARSAT-2 and 3 tandem mission will provide the capability to capture high-resolution three-dimensional images of the Earth's surface on an ongoing basis, and will maintain Canada's leadership in the application of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology.

"This innovative project led jointly by the Canadian Space Agency and MDA will strengthen Canada's leadership and expertise in the growing field of Earth observation," said the Honourable Brian Tobin, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency. "Moreover, this new use of Synthetic Aperture Radar technology offers great potential to expand our reach in new sectors of activity, thus strengthening Canada's ability to effectively compete in global markets."

Daniel Friedmann, President and CEO of MDA said: "With this contract award from the Canadian Space Agency, we have a unique window of opportunity to implement these improvements to RADARSAT-2 and prepare the way for a potential future tandem mission with RADARSAT-3. The tandem mission would provide us with an important data source and allow us to produce for the first time, complete 3-D elevation mapping of the entire planet."

The launch of RADARSAT-2 is now expected for late 2003.

About MDA

MacDonald Dettwiler is an information company that provides essential information from anywhere in the world for decision making in the workplace. The Company operates its business through two principal groups: The Information Products Group and The Information Systems Group. They develop information systems for armed forces and police forces. From space, they monitor activities on the planet. MDA designed and built the Canadarm for the Space Shuttle and the Canadarm2 for the International Space Station. The Company employs 1,800 people around the world.

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency co-ordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its space knowledge and Applications & Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment, Space Science, Human presence in Space, Satellite Communications, Generic Space Technologies and Space Qualification Services and Awareness. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

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