Maxar Technologies' MDA to advance innovative technologies under the Defence Innovation Research Program

RICHMOND, BC, Dec. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR), today announced it was awarded four contracts under the Defence Innovation Research Program (DIRP) with a combined total value of CA$3.8 million. The DIRP supports Canada's long-term commitment to respond to the scientific and technological needs of the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces. The objective of this latest DIRP initiative is to help to define the technologies and capabilities for future follow-on RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) spacecraft and ground segment exploitation systems.

MDA's projects include:

    --  Augmenting Canada's Maritime Surveillance Capability with Complementary
        EO/IR Information Products: MDA will advance how optical satellite data
        and hyperspectral imagery complements Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
        data in strategic maritime and coastal surveillance applications.
        Improving Canada's ability to identify and classify vessels and monitor
        port and other littoral vessel traffic activities by providing timely
        information to relevant agencies for threat assessment and action.
    --  Persistent Multi-Sensor Land Surveillance and Change Monitoring: MDA
        seeks to leverage the complementarity of Optical and SAR satellite image
        stacks to better identify and monitor changes over large areas of land.
        The expected benefits include more persistent and operational
        all-weather monitoring capabilities and very high change classification
        accuracy. To achieve these benefits the project will leverage new
        technologies such as Deep Learning and exploit the availability of large
        satellite image archives. The applications are far ranging and are
        expected to provide actionable intelligence to DND as well as to civil
    --  SAR Big Data Analytics: Petabytes of information-rich RADARSAT data
        exists in archives. MDA seeks to understand and demonstrate how big data
        analytics, Deep Learning in particular, can be applied to large archives
        of SAR imagery to better extract meaningful geospatial information to
        support actionable decision-making.
    --  Complementary EO/IR Payload to RCM: Working with Canadian industry
        partners, MDA explores the technical readiness and mission value of
        using Electro-Optical Infrared sensors to strengthen the value of the
        RADARSAT Constellation Mission follow-on for the surveillance of land,
        maritime and defence applications at a global scale. By combining, SAR
        and Electro-Optical Infrared sensors Canada is able to leverage the
        weather independent observation capabilities of SAR with finer feature
        discrimination of thermal, hyperspectral, or multispectral sensing for
        improved day and night global surveillance.

"These awards are an exciting opportunity for MDA to explore new synergies of combining Synthetic Aperture Radar with innovative technologies such as optical sensors and Deep Learning," said Mike Greenley, group president of MDA. "The research programs have recently commenced and will continue over the next two years."

About MDA

MDA is an internationally recognized leader in space robotics, space sensors, satellite payloads, antennas and subsystems, surveillance and intelligence systems, defence and maritime systems, and geospatial radar imagery. MDA's extensive space expertise and heritage translates into mission-critical defence and commercial applications that include multi-platform command, control and surveillance systems, aeronautical information systems, land administration systems and terrestrial robotics. MDA is also a leading supplier of actionable mission-critical information and insights derived from multiple data sources. Founded in 1969, MDA is recognized as one of Canada's most successful technology ventures with locations in Richmond, Ottawa, Brampton, Montreal, Halifax and the United Kingdom. MDA is a Maxar Technologies company (TSX: MAXR; NYSE: MAXR). For more information, visit

About Maxar Technologies

As a global leader of advanced space technology solutions, Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates) is at the nexus of the new space economy, developing and sustaining the infrastructure and delivering the information, services, systems that unlock the promise of space for commercial and government markets. As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides vertically integrated capabilities and expertise including satellites, Earth imagery, robotics, geospatial data and analytics to help customers anticipate and address their most complex mission-critical challenges with confidence. With more than 6,500 employees in over 30 global locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands includes MDA, SSL, DigitalGlobe and Radiant Solutions. Every day, billions of people rely on Maxar to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that Build a Better World. Maxar trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information, visit

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