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MDA and Thoth Technology Create Canadian SDA Capability

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Ibadan, 19 June 2023. – MDA Ltd has announced it is working with Thoth Technology Inc. to create a made-in-Canada deep space radar surveillance and space domain awareness (SDA) capability. As part of a strategic cooperation agreement, MDA will integrate its commercial data services with Thoth’s ground-based radar technology for unprecedented levels of sovereign monitoring in deep space over Canada, providing both detection and characterization of space objects.

Thoth uses a unique ground-based radar to characterize objects in geosynchronous orbit (GEO). This new radar technology, Earthfence, detects and characterizes Resident Space Objects (RSOs) in GEO to provide situational awareness for a region 36,000 km away from Earth. As part of the agreement, MDA will also utilize its experience to provide web-based data services through its observation web platform tool to evaluate and store data it receives from Earthfence. MDA will also serve as the customer interface for all data requests.

“This collaboration is a natural fit for MDA, and we’re glad to be part of bringing Thoth’s unique deep space radar technology to build this space domain awareness capability in Canada,” said Mike Greenley, CEO of MDA. “With this agreement with Thoth, we are in a good position to continue to provide critical space domain awareness capabilities that are an essential part of space surveillance and space security.”

Likewise, Dr. Caroline Roberts, Thoth Technology President, and CEO, said, “In an increasingly congested and contested space environment, operators of complex satellites need to ensure that their technology is safe. Our Earthfence technology provides unprecedented levels of space traffic awareness day or night, and Thoth is the only commercial provider of this service.”

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