MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) announced today that the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded a four-year contract worth $116 million to the company’s MD Robotics subsidiary to provide ongoing engineering services for the Canadian-made Mobile Servicing System on the International Space Station.
As part of this contract, administered by Public Works and Government Services of Canada, MDA will provide software maintenance and enhancements for orbiting Canadian robotic components. MDA will also provide spare equipment and overall technical support on the ground.
According to MDA, the Space Station’s robotic system is critical to its assembly, maintenance, and servicing. It includes Canadarm2 (installed in 2001), the Mobile Base System (installed in 2002), and the two-armed robot known as Dextre, which will be undergoing final testing before launch and installation on the Space Station in 2005.