Richmond, BC – MDA’s Geospatial Services announced the signing of a new RADARSAT-1 network station in Italy. The new station – MARSec – is in the process of undergoing certification and joins a global network of over 27 RADARSAT-1 receiving stations.
In addition, MDA’s Geospatial Services announced the signing of over $4 million CAD worth of renewal agreements with existing network station clients. The renewal agreements range in commitment length from 1 to 2 years and include options for further extensions. The network stations renewal agreements are with ScanEx (Russia), CSTARS (USA), Turkey (ITU), Thailand (GISTDA), CONAE (Argentina), (CLS) France and three unnamed clients.
The strength of the global ground receiving station network is that it allows MDA and its partners to offer an unrivalled near-real time data delivery mechanism. Clients receive data in less than 4 hours from data downlink.
Near-real time processing and delivery services support commercial operations such as ship detection (i.e., for purposes of monitoring illegal fishing or bilge dumping activities), ice mapping and charting for ship navigation, and disaster monitoring and mapping.
About MDA: (www.mdacorporation.com):
MDA (TSX: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.
About MDA’s Geospatial Services International: (www.rsi.ca or http://www.mdacorporation.com/products/geospatial.shtml):
MDA’s Geospatial Services provides Earth observation data, information products and services from aerial platforms and the majority of commercially available radar and optical satellites. These products and services are used globally for resource mapping, environmental monitoring, offshore oil and gas exploration, ice reconnaissance, maritime surveillance and disaster management.
MDA holds the exclusive distribution rights to Canada’s RADARSAT-1 and RADARSAT-2 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites. MDA will operate the RADARSAT-2 satellite when launched in December 2006. RADARSAT-2 offers unparalleled imaging flexibility, dual polarization and full polarimetric imaging options, high-resolution and a highly responsive programming and delivery ground segment.