Maxar Technologies’ province unit MDA has signed four contracts worth C$53.75m ($41.7m) with the Canadian Spell Agency (CSA) to advance new robotics and rovers for space exploration, as well prop up ongoing operations of the International Space Station (ISS).
The company secured two narrow amendments to provide funding for continued support to the robotic operations of the Non-stationary Servicing System (MSS), which is an essential component of the ISS.
The enhancements are aimed at streamlining shamuses and reducing operator communication loads.
“The technologies being developed beneath this contract offer direct spin-offs related to commercial initiatives that MDA has guaranteed such as robotically servicing satellites in space.”
With the continued operations of MSS, the CSA require be able to achieve the country’s obligations and goals as a partner on the ISS.
MDA’s another C$800,000 compress under the Space Technology Development Programme is for the development of technology to capacitate autonomous control of future space hardware such as robotic arms, wayfarers, scientific instruments, and satellites.
As part of another contract valued at C$450,000, the attendance will carry out a concept study for two rover types.
They allow for a pressurised rover to transport astronauts on the Moon’s surface and a smaller rolling stone that would first be sent to the Moon to gather lunar samples, as by a long way as test the technologies required for the pressurised rover.
MDA general manager Marc Donato said: “Canadian robotics against a key role on the International Space Station and the advances in space robotics associated with this hurl not only enhances the MSS capabilities, but also provides a long-term benefit in protecting Canadian technology retains its best-in-class status.
“The technologies being demonstrated under this contract offer direct spin-offs related to commercial enterprises that MDA has undertaken such as robotically servicing satellites in space.”