Richmond, BC. September 24, 2014 – MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) has been awarded a contract from DigitalGlobe Inc. to provide a ground station solution to an international customer to receive and process imagery and data directly from DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-1, WorldView-2, and Worldview-3 satellites.
The two companies have a long-standing partnership and in April, signed an agreement allowing MDA to become the preferred supplier of ground station solutions to international customers. This was an update to an agreement announced in December 2006.
This is MDA’s first ground station solution to include WorldView-3, which launched on a ULA Atlas V rocket on August 13, 2014. The ground station is based on MDA’s multi-satellite architecture and can be extended to support additional satellites.
MDA’s solution enables customers to directly access the optical imaging capabilities of the supported satellites to obtain timely and accurate geospatial data that is critical for decision making. The Direct Access Program is used by defense, intelligence and commercial customers who rely on security and the world’s highest resolution commercial imagery.
WorldView-3 offers highly precise imagery that automatically distinguish different colors and textures and measure change over time. A Ball Aerospace built instrument aboard the satellite monitors the atmosphere and provides correction data to improve satellite imagery when it images Earth objects through haze, soot and dust.
WorldView-3 can more accurately monitor the rate of development and investment at a regional or global scale. This includes the rate of construction as well as finer details like building materials, roof-top reflectance, road networks and population density, which is valuable to governments, industry and location based service customers.