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MDA To Study A New Generation Of Instruments For Looking At The Earth

Press Release From: MDA
Posted: Monday, July 9, 2001

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSE: MDA) has been asked by the Canadian Space Agency to evaluate the options for a Canadian Hyperspectral mission in space.

Hyperspectral sensors look at the Earth in hundreds of colours that can be used to determine important information about natural resources and the impact of mankind on the planet. In the current growing world market for space-based Earth observation data, Hyperspectral products represent the next logical step in monitoring and managing the world's resources.

Applications such as geological exploration, environmental monitoring, forest management and agriculture could benefit from Hyperspectral information that would complement the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Optical data already available.

The Canadian Space Agency wants MDA to lead a team that will evaluate the possibility of Canada building and operating a Hyperspectral instrument on the International Space Station. Subsequently, (or alternatively), Canada may participate in a dedicated Hyperspectral Earth observation mission.

The industrial team working with MDA is composed of EMS Technology, COMDEV, ABB BOMEM, Routes AstroEngineering, Spectral Applied Research, and MD Space and Advanced Robotics.

If the Hyperspectral mission proceeds, it will extend Canadian leadership in the stewardship of our planet from space.

Related web sites:

* http://www.mda.ca

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