Brampton aerospace firm earns $35M Canadarm 3 contract

Published July 26, 2021 at 10:09 pm

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Brampton-based MDA Ltd., an aerospace company, has earned a $35.3-million contract from the Canadian Space Agency to design a key component of Canadarm 3.

The funds will be used to design Gateway External Robotics Interfaces or grapple fixtures for Canadarm 3, which is Canada’s contribution to the United States-led Lunar Gateway, a small space station that will orbit the moon.

The contract is a follow-on to the first phase of interface work awarded in August 2019. A construction phase will likely be awarded in about a year.

The first elements of Gateway will launch in 2024, with Canadarm 3 scheduled to launch two years later.

The contract is the third awarded to MDA for the multi-phase Canadarm 3 program valued at more than $1 billion.

Canadarm flew on 90 space shuttle missions after debuting in 1981. Canadarm 2 has been operating on the International Space Station for more than 20 years.

MDA Ltd., which is located at 9445 Airport Rd., furnishes geointelligence, robotics and space operations, and satellite systems.

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