MDA provides application-specific hosted payloads for host satellites developed by MDA and its industry-leading SSL division, or on satellites provided by other prime contractors.

Hosted payloads enable entrepreneurs or government entities to obtain support within specialized space application areas without the commitment or cost of a full satellite mission. In many cases, hosted payloads for specific applications required specialized, advanced technology sensors, platforms, or other innovations.

Ka-band broadband communications hosted payloadMDA hosted payloads support a broad range of applications, including remote sensing, specialized communications, data relay, geolocation and interference mitigation, and technology proof-of-concept demonstrations. In addition to providing custom hosted payloads through its regular stream of prime satellite provision, MDA can, through its SSL division, match a hosted payload with a host satellite, reducing wait times and minimizing time to market for an application.