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Canada to award $11-mn contract for satellite data

Canada: The Canadian government will award a British Columbia company an $11-million contract for support and training for a new system that allows the Canadian Forces to obtain data from commercial satellites.

The government in November 2011 had awarded MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) of Richmond, BC a $31 million contract for two mobile ground stations that will allow military commanders to download imagery from commercial satellites, including Radarsat-2. The ground stations, called Unclassified Remote-Sensing Situational Awareness systems, will be fully operational later this year.

Thursday’s contract will see MacDonald Dettwiler providing maintenance and training for the systems over an initial period of five years. The contract also has three one-year options for extension of the services.

Source: Ottawa Citizen