Global communications company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has received a contract from the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to provide information solutions to support airport flight operations.

Under the terms of the Geospatial Terminal Operations (GTO) contract, MDA will provide software systems and services to automate the production of NGA’s aeronautical charting products.

"The products are associated with flight operations at airports, as well as the surrounding airspace."

According to MDA, the products are associated with flight operations at airports, as well as the surrounding airspace.

The company will integrate its AutoChart technology with NGA’s source databases by leveraging expertise gained from developing aeronautical information solutions for the US Air Force during the next three years.

MDA will carry out work at its campus located in St Louis, Missouri and at its facilities.

The objective of GTO is to streamline the labour-intensive process of drafting and maintaining the charts by hand, by implementing software that automatically renders the charts directly from navigational and geospatial source data.

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NGA has an inventory of airport maps and instrument flight procedure charts that depict the geospatial and navigational information pilots need to land and depart safely at airports around the world.