The Canadian Space Agency and RADARSAT International providing RADARSAT-1 Data to the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2002

Saint-Hubert, Quebec, March 6, 2002 - The Canadian Space Agency (CSA), RADARSAT International (RSI) and the Department of Industry, Trade and Rural Development of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador have reached an Agreement to provide the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador access to RADARSAT-1 data and data products at favourable government rates, as negotiated with RSI, the Canadian company responsible for the worldwide marketing, processing, and distribution of RADARSAT-1 data.

Canadian provinces participate in the RADARSAT Program through two types of Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU). Provinces with companies capable of building a portion of the space or ground segment signed Contributing Provinces MOUs (British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan). All the other provinces were invited to sign Participating Provinces MOUs and pre-paid certain funds to the CSA for the right to purchase RADARSAT-1 data at favourable government rates.

Under this Agreement, the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador will become a Program Partner and will obtain RADARSAT-1 data at the same costs as all other federal, provincial and program partners.

This Agreement, which completes the series of MOUs with the provinces, will help the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador meet the growing demand for imaging from space supporting numerous applications, notably environmental monitoring for offshore oil and gas operations and fishing, vessel and ice surveillance.

About RSI

RSI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (TSE:MDA -, is a worldwide provider of products and information solutions derived from Earth Observation (EO) satellite data.

About the CSA

Established in 1989 and headquartered in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Generic Space Technologies; Space Qualification Services; and Comptrollership and Awareness. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

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Monique Billette
Media Relations
Canadian Space Agency
Tel.: 450-926-4370

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