US: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has won contracts exceeding $1million, to implement its satellite radar technology to detect surface changes around mines. The contracts, awarded by a pair of international mining firms, will see that MDA apply its remote sensing satellite, Radarsat-2, to monitor surface deformation in and around mining operations. According to MDA, the Radarsat-2 technology can detect even the most subtle surface changes, allowing remedial action to take place before safety issues arise. It will also provide analytical reports that will give a historical snapshot of mine site. The Radarsat-2 satellite collects data regardless of light or weather condition, provides frequent re-visit imaging options and is supported by ground receiving stations that provide near real-time information delivery services.
Source: Canadian manufacturing