Government renews $81 million contract with MacDonald Dettwiler for space work

The government of Canada has renewed an operations and maintenance contract with MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) for ongoing work with the International Space Station’s Mobile Servicing System. The announcement was made by the minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency, Christian Paradis.

The Canadian government is committed to working on the International Space Station until 2020. Canada has provided the Canadarm2, a handyman robot known as Dextre, and a Mobile Base from which astronauts can work outside the station.

The contract is valued at $81 million and requires MDA to provide real-time technical support, engineering services, flight-specific operational products, software maintenance, and hardware repair for the Canadarm2, Dextre and the Mobile Base, according to a release.

Dextre is the Canadian-built “robotic handyman” aboard the space station. The Canadian Space Agency describes it as “the most sophisticated space robot ever built,” whose mission is to perform maintenance and repairs outside the station. These would include routine tasks like changing batteries and replacing cameras.

The Mobile Base is the moveable work platform and storage facility that astronauts use during space walks. Mounted on a track system that runs the length of the space station it can move key elements, including the Canadarm2, to where they are needed.

The Canadian government is committed to working with its partners on the International Space Station until 2020. Minister Paradis said that Canada’s state of the art robotics technology plays a “key role” in the operation of the space station. The work in developing the Mobile Servicing System for the space station has important spin-off benefits, the release said, including robots developed by MDA for use in pediatric and neurosurgery.

Did you miss this?

Other Popular Stories

  • Five Barrels of Water Produced Per Barrel of Oil
  • Calgary company a leader in waterless fracking
  • Construction industry pleased with majority government in Ontario
  • Manufacturing continues to grow but exports decline, increasing Canada's trade deficit in February
  • Colossal Fusion Project Set to Transform the Energy Industry
  • Fiat Chrysler denies wrongdoing as EPA accuses it of emissions cheating
  • Study of Ontario power needs finds nuclear is best option
  • Renewable energy use increased in US in 2012
  • BMW unveils i3, the electric car of the future
  • Self-Driving Cars: Virtual Reality's role in "boredom on the road" for passengers of autonomous vehicles
  • Financial risks associated with emissions limits for Canada for oil and gas industries
  • Autos and parts drag down manufacturing sales in August
  • Government money to Ontario auto parts maker will ensure jobs
  • Manufacturing sales up in November, government scraps duties on imported food ingredients
  • Utility offers customers Tesla Powerwalls as home energy storage market heats up
  • Automation, robotics to have profound effect on industry in coming years
  • Auto industry back on top as Canada's biggest exporter: report
  • Industrial Control System Security Essential to Businesses
  • Researchers find way to turn wood into supercapacitors
  • Modest business growth forecast as manufacturing slows in June
Scroll to Top