Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that it has signed a contract with Defence Research and Development Canada-Ottawa (DRDC-Ottawa) to deliver an information solution that extracts information about moving objects on the ground from radar satellite imagery.
Canadian Forces are interested in an information solution that would use data from the new Canadian RADARSAT-2 surveillance satellite to derive actionable information on objects moving on the ground. The announced contract is intended to allow DRDC-Ottawa to assess MDA's information solution and demonstrate its operational utility to the Canadian Forces once the RADARSAT-2 satellite has been launched in late 2006.
"RADARSAT-2 with its radar versus optical wave sensors gathers high-resolution imagery of the Earth day and night and under all weather conditions," said Donna Coutts, MDA's Director of Earth Observation Solutions. "Consistent assessment of moving objects regardless of weather or daylight is the key feature Canadian Forces are interested in".
This cooperation with DRDC-Ottawa will advance MDA's expertise in providing robust defence information solutions which may have export potential to military customers worldwide.
MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision making and operational performance of business and government organizations worldwide.
Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, MDA delivers a broad spectrum of earth and space based information solutions, ranging from complex operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic information products.
MDA employs more than 2,500 people in locations across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA.