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Magellan Aerospace wins $110 million deal from MDA

Sept. 4, 2013, Toronto - Magellan Aerospace Corp. has been awarded a $110-million contract from MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. to build key components of the Canadian Space Agency's Radarsat Constellation Mission.

September 4, 2013  By The Canadian Press

The Toronto-based company says it will manufacture three spacecraft buses, including the control systems and other on-board systems, including on-board communication links with the ground.

The RCM is comprised of three low Earth-orbit spacecraft, each carrying a C-band radar to support maritime surveillance, disaster management and ecosystem monitoring of Canada and its surrounding Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic regions.

Assembly of the spacecraft, integration and testing will be done at Magellan's facility in Winnipeg, where other Canadian Space Agency missions were manufactured.

The Radarsat Mission is set to launch in 2018. It is designed to provide a "big picture'' overview of Canada's vast land mass, especially the Arctic, and navigable sea routes and coastal areas. It also enhances the country's ability to monitor and manage its natural resources and environment, while enhancing surveillance of the territory.


The Radarsat Constellation will circle the Earth every 96 minutes and offer access to 90 per cent of the world's surface.

Since 2005, Magellan has been awarded various preliminary and detailed design phases of the Radarsat Constellation Mission.


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