Dutch Government Contracts MDA for Radarsat-2 Services

[Satellite TODAY 05-01-12] Canadian space and satellite technology company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has signed a three-year, $1.7 million contract with the Dutch government to provide Radarsat-2 information to the Netherlands Space Office (NSO), MDA announced April 29.

   MDA said the information from the Radarsat-2 satellite would be used to provide information for government users in the Netherlands, as well as for scientific and research purposes. The NSO was established by the Dutch Government in order to develop the Netherlands’ space program and to bring that program to action.
   The deal should provide some relief to MDA, which announced earlier in April that it would likely cut its staffing levels after financial uncertainty arose surrounding the future of the federal Radarsat Constellation Mission.
   MDA was awarded a contract by the Canadian Space Agency to carry out the conceptual design work for the Radarsat Constellation Mission in 2006. Radarsat launches are currently planned for 2014 and 2015.
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