Space

DND formalizes space partnership

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On Monday, National Defence signed a memorandum of understanding with Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom that will see the four countries share space-related information and resources. Known as the Combined Space Operations Initiative, the MOU formalizes an existing partnership among the four defence departments and will encourage closer cooperation on a range of activities such as...

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Why strategic Canadian defence procurement is good for Canada

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The benefits of strategic Canadian defence procurement to Canada can and should be significantly higher if Canada treats its defence procurements and Canadian defence industrial sector more strategically. The first two benefits are fundamental needs for Canada’s population – namely sovereignty and security. Sovereignty refers to the ability of Canada to act completely independently of other nations in its...

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MDA provides RADARSAT-2 information to support maritime surveillance

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MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates has received an order to provide RADARSAT-2 information to the European Maritime Safety Agency as part of EMSA’s CleanSeaNet program. This order is the first issued under a four-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity agreement MDA has with EMSA. The IDIQ has a ceiling of CA$7.5 million. MDA will provide EMSA with RADARSAT-2 information covering all European...

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Sapphire satellite transitions to operations

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The Sapphire satellite has reached full operational capability. MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates of Richmond, B.C., which developed the satellite for National Defence, announced yesterday that Sapphire had completed its commissioning and had now transitioned into operations “as a contributing sensor to the U.S. Space Surveillance Network.” With the declaration of full operational capability, Sapphire now begins a five-year operational...

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Canada, US extend space data sharing

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The Department of National Defence has signed a long-term partnership with U.S. Strategic Command that updates an accord permitting the exchange of advanced space situational awareness data. The agreement, announced last week, was signed in late December and “streamlines the process by which the Canadian military requests SSA data from Strategic Command’s Joint Space Operations Center for things like...

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Seeking industry input on Polar Epsilon 2 project

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The Canadian government will hold an Industry Day on November 13 to kick start a procurement process for Polar Epsilon 2 (PE2) capabilities, which involve plans to develop ground infrastructure to collect and process data from the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM). In a Request for Information (RFI) notice posted last week, the government said it was “seeking to engage...

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MDA to support USAF in flight path system

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MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates of Richmond, British Columbia, has signed a US$4.04 million contract under an agreement with the U.S Air Force to enhance the flight path safety system that aides the design of airport approach and departure flight paths. The original flight path safety system developed by MDA for USAF has been deployed worldwide since 2004, focused on...

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What’s the future for space?

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The White House, Senate and House of Representatives may be stalled on the future of American space policy, but space exploration remains a public fascination. Look no further than this summer’s movie theatre, where blockbusters like Elysium, Oblivion and After Earth about the end of the world largely cratered while the Star Trek franchise continued to soar. We remain...

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MDA awarded ISS contract for satellite ground stations

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MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has been awarded an $11.4 million contract by the federal government for in-service support (ISS) to the Unclassified Remote-sensing Situational Awareness (URSA) capability of the Joint Space Support Project. MDA has been under contract since November 2011 to develop two rapidly transportable satellite ground stations that can receive and process high resolution imagery from...

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MDA renews support to RADARSAT-2 ground stations

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Richmond-based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates renewed a contract with the federal government last week to provide operational support for RADARSAT-2 ground stations on both the East and West coasts. The $3.5 million contract is part of the Polar Epsilon project, a broad-area surveillance system delivered by MDA to National Defence last year. The original contact included four one-year renewal...

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