MDA to further concept for Canadian Hyperspectral Mission
Richmond, BC – MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA” or the “Company”) (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, announced today that it has signed a contract with the Canadian Space Agency to develop the mission concept for an operational Canadian Hyperspectral Mission. MDA will lead a team of experts to develop a satellite constellation concept to collect hyperspectral imagery around the globe and specifically in Canada and its coastal waters on a weekly basis. This mission supports public priorities such as monitoring territorial sovereignty and national security, managing environmental change, and responsibly exploiting Canada’s agricultural and natural resources to secure the long-term prosperity of all Canadians. The focus of the new proposed system is to provide fast revisit over large areas of Canada to track environment change relating to ecosystem and agriculture productivity.
Hyperspectral imaging, a major step forward in space-based remote sensing innovation, gathers much richer and sophisticated information about the world’s oceans, lakes, land, and vegetation. Hyperspectral remote sensing collects the full spectrum of light reflected from the Earth’s surface and separates it into dozens of spectral “bands”. Analyzing the spectral bands reflected by a feature on the ground can reveal its composition and evolution providing critical information to environmental, security and natural resource decision makers.
Don Osborne, MDA’s group vice president of Information Systems said, “A Canadian operational hyperspectral mission can provide tremendous value to Canada resulting in a leap forward in national security, sovereignty and economic prosperity for all Canadians. We have assembled a strong team of Canada’s leading space technology companies to demonstrate to the world how innovative Canada can be in the emerging domain of hyperspectral remote sensing.”
MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.
MDA’s business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.
MDA’s well-established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States, Canada, and internationally.
The Company’s common shares trade under the symbol TSX:MDA.
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