June 26 MDA satellite built for Bulgaria Sat begins maneuvers following a launch on previously flown SpaceX Falcon 9
SSL today announced that the BulgariaSat-1 satellite, designed and built for Bulgaria Sat, an affiliate of Bulsatcom, which is a leading telecommunications company and the largest provider of pay-TV services in Bulgaria, was launched on Friday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard a previously flown SpaceX Falcon 9, and has started firing its main thruster to propel itself toward its final circular orbit in the geostationary arc.
June 22 MDA Chairman of the Board Robert L. Phillips to receive Institute of Corporate Directors Fellowship Award
MDA is pleased to announce that Mr. Robert L. Phillips, chairman of the MDA board of directors, will receive the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Fellowship Award at its annual gala on June 22, 2017 in Toronto.
June 22 MDA to study use of Synthetic Aperture Radar for Mars science and space exploration
MDA today announced that it has signed a contract with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to conduct a concept study to determine the feasibility of using a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Sub-Surface Ice Sounder and Imager as a potential payload on a future Mars orbiter mission.
June 15 MDA expands support of near real-time satellite data applications
MDA today announced that it has signed a contract with Scanex, a leader in the field of satellite monitoring. MDA will provide a RADARSAT-2 ground station solution and extend the provision of RADARSAT-2 data for an additional three years, enabling Scanex to continue serving and distributing RADARSAT-2 data products and information services to institutional and commercial clients.
June 14 MDA continues support of robotics on the International Space Station
MDA today announced that it has signed a contract amendment with the Canadian Space Agency for CA$5 million. The amendment provides funding for continued support to the ongoing robotic operations of the Mobile Servicing System on the International Space Station (ISS).
June 8 SSL built satellite for EchoStar begins post-launch maneuvers according to plan
SSL, today announced that the EchoStar XXI satellite, designed and built for EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), was launched yesterday and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard a Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). The satellite, which will be used by EchoStar's subsidiary, EchoStar Mobile Limited, for mobile voice and data communications services in Europe, will begin thruster firings tomorrow to navigate to its final geosynchronous orbital slot. SSL is a subsidiary of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company.
June 5 MDA RADARSAT-2 data to be available on DigitalGlobe's Geospatial Big Data platform, GBDX
MDA today announced that it has signed an agreement to enable access to RADARSAT-2 archive data on GBDX, the powerful Geospatial Big Data platform of DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI).
May 17 MDA to provide US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with RADARSAT-2 information for ice monitoring
MDA today announced that it has signed a contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). MDA will provide near real-time information from its RADARSAT-2 satellite that will be used to provide large and small scale ice and snow products, ice forecasting, and other monitoring services. The contract includes one base year and three annual renewal options.
May 9 MDA to establish a Satellite Centre of Excellence in Montreal
MDA today announced that its Quebec subsidiary has signed a Letter of Intent with the Government of Quebec to establish a Satellite Centre of Excellence in Montreal.
May 2 MDA reports first quarter 2017 results
MDA, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.
April 19 MDA's First Quarter 2017 results conference call alert
MDA plans to release its First Quarter 2017 financial results at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
April 19 MDA to provide communication antenna subsystems
MDA today announced that it has signed a contract for approximately CA$5 million with Airbus Defence and Space to provide four communication antenna subsystems and control electronics. MDA's proven and patented control electronics allows antenna movement in very fine increments which increases the flexibility and performance of the satellite.
April 12 SSL builds executive team for US Government Systems
SSL today announced that it is increasing its commitment to support U.S. government missions with key executives that bring a depth of experience to the company. Under the direction of Richard White who was promoted to President of SSL Government Systems, Robert Zitz has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for SSL Government Systems. He is joined by Tim Gillespie, who takes on the role of Vice President of Business Development, National Programs for SSL Government Systems.
April 12 SSL completes agreement to partner with DARPA on satellite servicing
Space Systems Loral (SSL) today announced that it has signed and executed an agreement with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop advanced capabilities for servicing and maintaining spacecraft in geostationary orbit. Details of the partnership were previously released on February 9, 2017.
March 30 MDA to provide communication subsystems to be used on the International Space Station
MDA today announced that it has received an Authorization To Proceed from The Boeing Company for the provision of three Ku-Band communication subsystems that will replace aging Ku-Band communication subsystems. The new subsystems will interface with the existing International Space Station (ISS) Space-to-Ground Antenna, previously provided by MDA. The contract includes an option for an additional subsystem, which if exercised, brings the full contract to approximately CA$30 million.
March 16 SSL-built, highly flexible satellite for EchoStar begins post-launch maneuvers according to plan
SSL today announced that the EchoStar XXIII satellite, designed and built for EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), was launched last night from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 and will begin to fire its main thruster tomorrow night to propel itself toward its final circular orbit in the geostationary arc. SSL is a subsidiary of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, Ltd. (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company.
March 8 MDA to provide RADARSAT-2 information for maritime surveillance
MDA today announced that it has signed three contracts with a total approximate value of CA$2.5 million with Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd. MDA will use imaging capabilities from the RADARSAT-2 satellite to provide information on maritime surveillance and the detection of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels. This information is integrated into other data and shared with government and non-government agencies to monitor fishing activities in remote regions.
February 24 MDA to Acquire DigitalGlobe, Creating Industry Leader in End-to-End Space Systems, Earth Imagery and Geospatial Solutions
MDA and DigitalGlobe, Inc. today announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement, pursuant to which MDA will acquire DigitalGlobe for US$35.00 per share in a combination of cash and stock. The transaction values DigitalGlobe at an equity value of approximately C$3.1 billion (US$2.4 billion), and an enterprise value of C$4.7 billion (US$3.6 billion), including assumption of DigitalGlobe's C$1.6 billion (US$1.2 billion) in net debt. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, and is expected to close in the second half of 2017.
February 23 MDA reports fourth quarter and full year 2016 results
MDA today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.
February 20 MDA to provide communication antenna subsystems for EUTELSAT-5WB
MDA today announced that it has received an Authorization to Proceed from Airbus Defence and Space for the provision of multiple communication antenna subsystems to be integrated into the EUTELSAT-5WB communication satellite. The full contract is expected to be valued in excess of CA$3 million.
February 14 MDA's Fourth Quarter and Year End 2016 results conference call alert
MDA plans to release its Fourth Quarter and Year End 2016 financial results at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
February 9 SSL selected to partner with DARPA to develop satellite servicing business
SSL today announced it has been selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the capability to service and maintain spacecraft and other infrastructure in the geostationary arc. DARPA's Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program, is expected to be the foundation of a new business for SSL that will serve both commercial and government operators with repair, upgrade, relocation, and refueling of on-orbit assets.
February 2 MDA signs extensions to long-term RADARSAT-2 information supply contracts
MDA today announced that it has signed three contract amendments with international customers to provide information collected by the RADARSAT-2 satellite. The contracts total approximately CA$8 million
January 31 MDA signs land administration modernization agreement
MDA today announced that it has signed a Master Services Agreement to modernize the land administration infrastructure for an undisclosed international customer. Under this agreement, the Company has been awarded CA$4.2 million for the initial design phase of a long-term modernization service.
January 26 MDA signs a Security Control Agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense
MDA today announced that the Company, together with its wholly-owned subsidiary, SSL MDA Holdings, Inc. based in San Francisco, CA, and the U.S. Department of Defense have executed the signing of a Security Control Agreement.
January 18 MDA provides operational support to Asteroid Mission
MDA today announced that it has received a contract for CA$3.7 million from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission. MDA will provide operations engineering support for the CSA's contribution to the mission, the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) instrument, which will provide ranging and topographic data of the asteroid Bennu. It will allow scientists to create a high resolution 3D model of its surface. Launched in September 2016, OSIRIS-REx is planned to reach Bennu in late 2018.
January 13 MDA Announces Resignation of Director
MDA today announced that Daniel Friedmann, its former president and chief executive officer, has resigned from its Board of Directors effective today. Mr. Friedmann served as chief executive officer of MDA between 1995 and May 2016.
January 5 MDA's U.S. business unit, SSL, to provide spacecraft for NASA asteroid exploration mission
MDA today announced that its U.S. business unit, SSL, was selected to provide a spacecraft platform for a NASA Discovery Mission to explore the metallic asteroid 16 Psyche. SSL will work for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to support Principal Investigator Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, director of Arizona State Universitys (ASU) School of Earth and Space Exploration, in a mission to research the 210 km diameter asteroid, which is believed to be the only place in the solar system where a metal planetary core can be studied.