MDA to provide multiple international ground stations with direct access to DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 satellite
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA” or the “Company”), a global communications and information company based in Ontario, Canada, announced on December 11 that it has signed a multi-million dollar contract with DigitalGlobe Inc. to provide multiple international ground stations with upgrades to receive and process imagery and data directly from DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 satellite, in addition to the company’s existing satellite constellation. After its planned launch in September 2016, WorldView-4 will deliver multi-spectral high resolution optical imagery.
MDA previously developed and integrated the DigitalGlobe ground stations into existing customer systems around the world. The WorldView-4 upgrades will maximize the advantages of MDA’s modular multi-satellite ground station infrastructure and rapid upgrade capability. The ground station upgrades will also allow customers to receive and process near real-time data from the RADARSAT-2 synthetic aperture radar satellite, providing an integrated source for electro-optical and radar imagery capabilities.
MDA’s proven design for mobile and fixed ground stations provides operators with local control, satellite data reception, and the option to process data in near real-time or send it to archive for future use. MDA and DigitalGlobe have partnered to develop and deploy WorldView ground station solutions since 2006.