MDA selected as sole supplier of ground station solutions for DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-1...

MDA selected as sole supplier of ground station solutions for DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-1 customers


Richmond, Canada, 14 December 2006 – MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced that it has been selected by DigitalGlobe, Inc., provider of high resolution commercial satellite imagery, as the exclusive supplier of ground station solutions offered by DigitalGlobe to international customers for its upcoming high resolution satellite program called WorldView.

As part of the agreement, MDA will provide DigitalGlobe’s international customers with ground systems capable of programming, receiving and processing imagery from the WorldView satellites. These systems will be offered both as additions to existing satellite ground stations and as completely new ground stations. MDA is currently developing the system and the first installation is planned soon after the launch of WorldView 1.

– About WorldView I
WorldView-1 will be the most agile satellite ever flown commercially. The high-capacity, panchromatic imaging system features half-meter resolution imagery. With an average revisit time of 1.7 days and a swath width of 16 kilometers, WorldView I will be capable of collecting up to 500,000 square kilometers (200,000 sq. mi.) per day of half-meter imagery.

WorldView I will also be capable of directly downlinking imagery to customer locations. The satellite will be equipped with state-of-the-art geo-location accuracy capability and will exhibit stunning agility with rapid targeting and efficient in-track stereo collection.

– About MDA
Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, MDA delivers a broad spectrum of earth and space based information solutions, ranging from complex operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic information products. MDA employs more than 3,000 people in locations across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. For more info visit

– About DigitalGlobe, Inc.
Longmont, USA-based DigitalGlobe ( is provider of global commercial Earth imagery and geospatial information. DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite is one of the world’s highest resolution commercial imaging system. The company’s next-generation WorldView 1 is scheduled to launch in mid-2007, and WorldView 2 is anticipated to launch in 2008. The company’s updated and growing ImageLibrary contains over one hundred eighty million square kilometers of global imagery for countless mapping and planning needs.