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New contract awarded for MRO work on International Space Station

Richmond, B.C. -- Nov. 29, 2001 -- MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) was today awarded a $12 million (...


Richmond, B.C. — Nov. 29, 2001 — MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) was today awarded a $12 million (CDN) contract by the Canadian Space Agency for continued MRO 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 … 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-resident and gneral mnager of MDA’s MD Robotics said: “These engineering services are vital for maintaining such important Canadian assets on-orbit.

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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 in spring 2002. The final component, a new two-armed robot called the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, is scheduled for launch in 2004. It features special capabilities to enable maintenance of the Space Station (see earlier news report below, “Next version of Canadarm to have its own tool belt for delicate maintenance of Space Station,” dated 11/21/2001).

For more information, visit www.mdrobotics.ca or www.space.gc.ca.

By Bill Roebuck, Editor