MDA awarded $12 million for ongoing support of Canadarm2 robotics on the International Space Station

Press Release From: MDA
Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2001

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced today the company has been awarded a $12 million (CDN) contract by the Canadian Space Agency for continued support of the Canadian- built robotics on the International Space Station.

The contract increases the engineering services currently being provided to the Space Station's Mobile Servicing System (MSS) to include spares, repair and overhaul support, and remaining activities related to the completion of the MSS development program.

The Minister of Industry, (and the Minister Responsible for the Canadian Space Agency), the Honourable Brian Tobin said: "The contract awarded today supports Canada's contribution, Canadarm2, and the use of Canadian robotics engineering expertise to assure the maintenance of Canada's long-term investment in the International Space Station, the largest engineering project in human history."

Mag Iskander, Vice President and General Manager of MDA's MD Robotics said: "We're extremely pleased to sign the MSS contract. These engineering services are vital for maintaining such important Canadian assets on-orbit. This announcement also helps reinforce MDA as the world leader in space robotics, and positions us for new opportunities in on-orbit servicing of satellites, and future planetary exploration."

Canadarm2, the first component of the MSS, was successfully launched in April of this year. The next component, the Mobile Base System, is at the Kennedy Space Center now, awaiting launch next spring. The final component, a new two-armed robot called the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, is scheduled for launch in 2004.

MD Robotics, a subsidiary of MDA, is the world's leading space robotics company, committed to offering hi-tech, sophisticated robotic and engineering solutions for space and terrestrial applications.

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