MDA’s Radarsat-2 Monitoring Service Contracted by Canadian Oil Company
[Satellite TODAY 05-08-11] Canadian information solutions provider MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has signed multi-year contracts totaling more than $1 million to supply oil field monitoring products to an unnamed integrated energy company in Alberta, Canada, MDA announced May 6.
To support the contracts, MDA said it would apply advanced Radarsat-2 high-resolution surveillance capabilities that include a large collection capacity and high-accuracy to detect subtle surface changes, independent of weather, and over the entire oil fields. MDA also will provide analytical reports that compare historical movements with current situations.
“Early detection of surface movement allows the company to enhance production and mitigate environmental risks in their oil fields,” MDA said in a company statement.
The Radarsat-2 Earth observation satellite, launched in December 2007, fills a wide variety of application roles for MDA, including: sea ice mapping and ship routing; iceberg detection; agricultural crop monitoring; marine surveillance for ship and pollution detection; terrestrial defense surveillance and target identification; geological mapping; land use mapping; wetlands mapping; and topographic mapping.