CAMBRIDGE, ON, Feb. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:
CDV), a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today
announced that the Sapphire satellite developed by prime contractor
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) was successfully
launched today with a COM DEV designed and built optical payload
COM DEV provided the Sapphire optical payload which consists of the
Optical Imaging Subsystem (OIS) and the Data Handling and Control
Subsystem (DHCS). The OIS is a visible-band telescope housed with a low
noise preamplifier and a focal plane that will acquire a series of
images for each target object in space. The DCHS contains primary and
redundant electronics which can correct the images that have been
captured and compress the image data before it is transmitted to a
ground station for additional processing.
Sapphire is the Canadian Department of National Defence's first
dedicated operational military satellite. This space-based
electro-optical sensor will track man-made space objects in Earth orbit
as part of Canada's continued support of Space Situational Awareness.
Data from the Sapphire satellite will contribute to the U.S. Space
Surveillance Network, enhancing the ability of both countries to detect
and avoid the collision of critical space platforms with other
satellites or pieces of debris.
"We are pleased to have made a major contribution to a satellite that is
a first for the Canadian Department of National Defence", said Michael
Pley, CEO of COM DEV International. "We are privileged to have had the
opportunity to apply our world class optical systems expertise to this
important operational mission."
About COM DEV
COM DEV International Ltd. (www.comdevintl.com) is a leading global provider of space hardware and services. The
company has a staff of 1,300, annual revenues of $208 million, and
facilities in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. COM DEV
designs manufactures, and integrates advanced products, subsystems and
microsatellites that are sold to major satellite prime contractors,
government agencies and satellite operators, for use in communications,
space science, remote sensing and defense applications. The company has
won contracts to supply its equipment on over 900 spacecraft. COM DEV's
majority-owned subsidiary, exactEarth Ltd., provides satellite data
services for global maritime surveillance.
This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements that
involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially
from results indicated in any forward-looking statements. The Company
cautions that, among other things, in view of the rapid changes in
communications markets and technologies, and other risks including the
cost and market acceptance of the Company's new products, the level of
individual customer procurements and competitive product offerings and
pricing, and general economic circumstances, the Company's business
prospects may be materially different from forward-looking statements
made by the Company. The triangular logo and the word COM DEV are each
registered trademarks and the property of COM DEV Ltd. All rights reserved.
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