/R E P E A T -- Video B-Roll Via On-Demand - Canadian satellite constellation launched for MDA's information solution for RapidEye/



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    DATE:     Tuesday, September 2, 2008
    TIME:     2:00 PM EDT
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    STORY SUMMARY:

    MDA's information solution for RapidEye includes a constellation of five
light weight Earth Observation small satellites of 150 kg each, the related
ground control, reception and processing infrastructure, and associated
training and support services. The RapidEye constellation has the capacity to
image any point on the Earth on any given day, providing RapidEye the ability
to frequently monitor changes at any location of interest around the world.
RapidEye AG will use the solution provided by MDA to operate its business to
deliver agricultural land information products and services such as crop
monitoring and mapping, yield prediction, and natural disaster assessment.
    As the prime contractor MDA designed the complete information solution
for RapidEye and carries full responsibility to deliver it at a fixed price.
MDA engaged three key subcontractors to implement the satellite constellation
portion of the solution. SSTL in Guildford, UK provided the spacecraft bus and
spacecraft control centre, and performed spacecraft assembly, integration, and
test. Jena Optronik GmbH of Jena, Germany provided the imaging payloads. The
launch of the five satellites was provided by the Russian company, ISC
Kosmotras using a Dnepr Launch Vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan.
    The Canadian Commercial Corporation, a Government of Canada crown
corporation, is acting as the contracting agency between MDA and RapidEye AG.

    
    Related Websites:
    www.mdacorporation.com
    www.rapideye.de
    

    SHOT LIST:

    Launch of spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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