The Canadian Space Agency has chosen MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) to provide sustaining engineering and operational support for the nation’s robotic elements on the International Space Station (ISS). The contract, worth CA$81 million, is valid until December 2015.
The robotic systems of MDA were used to build the ISS and up to now. it still plays an essential part in the on-going operations, such as berthing visiting vehicles like the SpaceX Dragon and Japanese HTV spacecraft. The systems also perform technology demonstrations. MDA is also known as a supplier of technology to a number of businesses that use satellites to gather information from space.
As one of the main contractors of the Canadian Space Agency for the Mobile Servicing system, it is assigned to provide support for the Canadarm2, Dextre and the Mobile Base System.
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