26 June 2006: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) declared the extension of the international net of ground receiving stations for RADARSAT-1 satellite data and the prolongation of contracts with its partners. According to MDA, which is the operator of the RADARSAT-1 radar space imaging programme, the Italian MARSec stations joined the network bringing the total number up to 27 stations.
The MDA company also announced that the direct RADARSAT-1 data readout contracts will be extended with the stations operators, including RDC ScanEx which is the network operator of the RADARSAT-1 data in Russia and CIS. Currently, three ground stations (in Moscow, Atyrau and Astana) are receiving the RADARSAT-1 images.
The contracts for RADARSAT-1 data reception were also extended for the ground stations in the US (CSTARS), Turkey (ITU), Thailand (GISTDA), Argentina (CONAE agency), France (CLS company) and three more anonymous clients. Data reception by the distributed network of stations makes it possible to implement the principle of real-time data delivery. The clients are getting the images in less than 4 hours after data capture from board.