Press Release

MDA and Nanowave Join Forces to Produce an Innovative Radar Transceiver Payload

By SpaceRef Editor
May 1, 2018
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MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR), today announced that it has signed a multi-million dollar contract with Nanowave Technologies Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced microwave, millimeter-wave and electro-optic multi-function modules and subsystems. MDA will provide satellite components in addition to engineering support to integrate and test a Nanowave radar transceiver satellite payload. Radar transceivers provide the capability to transmit and receive radio frequency signals between the ground and space for imaging.

Mike Greenley, group president of MDA said, “MDA’s long heritage in space radar payloads was the perfect complement to the rich heritage of Nanowave’s advanced microwave expertise. Blending leading edge technical capability with timely, cost effective execution and extensive heritage, MDA’s space radar solutions provide a unique value proposition to customers worldwide.”

MDA is a global leader in space radar systems, previously acting as the prime contractor for Canada’s RADARSAT-2 satellite and currently as the prime contractor for the upcoming RADARSAT Constellation Mission being built for the Canadian Space Agency.

About MDA

MDA is an internationally recognized leader in space robotics, satellite payloads, antennas and subsystems, surveillance and intelligence systems, defence and maritime systems, and geospatial radar imagery. MDA’s extensive space expertise and heritage translates into mission-critical defence and commercial applications that include multi-platform command, control and surveillance systems, aeronautical information systems, land administration systems and terrestrial robotics. MDA is also a leading supplier of actionable mission-critical information and insights derived from multiple data sources. Founded in 1969, MDA is recognized as one of Canada’s most successful technology ventures with locations in Richmond, Ottawa, Brampton, Montreal and Halifax. MDA is a Maxar Technologies company (TSX: MAXR; NYSE: MAXR). For more information, visit

About Maxar Technologies

Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates) is a leading global provider of advanced space technology solutions for commercial and government markets including satellites, Earth imagery, robotics, geospatial data and analytics. As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides unmatched integrated capabilities, solutions and expertise to help customers anticipate and address their most complex mission-critical challenges with confidence. With more than 6,500 employees in over 31 locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands includes MDA, SSL, DigitalGlobe and Radiant Solutions. Every day, billions of people rely on Maxar Technologies to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that Build a Better World. Maxar trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information visit

About Nanowave Technologies

Founded in 1992 with headquarters in Toronto, Canada, Nanowave Technologies Inc., designs and manufactures high efficiency electromagnetic sensing and communications equipment for the defence, aerospace and space industries. The company’s hardware is present on practically all major commercial aerospace platforms. Nanowave combines its more than 25-year history of high reliability avionics manufacturing with the specialized design expertise at its centers of excellence in Canada, Europe and the United States to address the unique requirements of the emerging New Space market.

SpaceRef staff editor.