09/17/2012 07:33 EDT | Updated 11/17/2012 05:12 EST

MDA gets multi-million dollar contract for satellite data to National Ice Centre

RICHMOND, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX:MDA) says it has signed a multi-million dollar contract to provide satellite information to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The deliver order is to provide the National Ice Center with information from its RADARSAT-2 satellite for use in creating ice charts, supporting environmental monitoring and improving the safety of maritime navigation.

Additional financial details were not made available.

MDA is best-known as the maker of the robotic arms used on the International Space Station and the now-retired U.S. space shuttles.

The Vancouver-based company had attempted to sell its satellite division several years ago to U.S. defence contractor Alliant Techsystems of Edina, Minn., but was blocked from doing so by the Harper government, which cited national security reasons.

It has also been involved in a variety of businesses that use satellites to collect information from space.