MDA to help US Air Force gather information
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. recently announced that it had signed contracts with a combined value of $6 million with Airbus Defense and Space to modernize the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) five Eagle Vision mobile ground stations. Once upgraded, the systems will be able to receive and process imagery from the RADARSAT-2 and RapidEye satellites and enhance the ability of USAF to provide near real-time in-theatre access to essential image data, according to MDA, the British Columbia-based firm.
Eagle Vision is a system comprised of five deployable ground stations that collect and process data transmitted from commercial satellites. In addition to supporting homeland disaster relief missions, the system provides critical imagery information directly in-theatre, the MDA news release states.