Organization: MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd

Honeywell to acquire COM DEV International

COM DEV International, Cambridge ON, is being acquired by Morris Plains NJ-based Honeywell International for $455 million. COM DEV — which is splitting off its exactEarth data services subsidiary into a standalone public company — will report to Honeywell’s space systems division when the transaction is completed in January. COM DEV says Honeywell has committed…

MacDonald acquires US-based Loral for $975 million

MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd (MDA) is moving aggressively into the commercial space market with its US$875-million acquisition of Space Systems/Loral Inc, Palo Alto CA. MDA has been seeking ways to break into the US commercial market since it divested its real estate assessment business last year. The Loral acquisition comes just weeks after MDA…

MDA to develop Mars space Rover for CSA

The Canadian Space Agency has awarded a $6-million contract to MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd (MDA) for the development of a Mars Exploration and Science Rover prototype. The project will see a number of key technologies developed for use in space exploration missions that could also be modified for mining, transportation, medicine and security applications.…

RADARSAT II data to assist Catlin Arctic Survey

The latest Catlin Arctic Survey will be using data generated by RADARSAT II for the second time as the expedition investigates the potential effects of carbon dioxide on the Arctic Ocean. The satellite, owned by MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd (MDA) will assist the team of three British researchers to identify potential hazards and obstacles…

Sick Kids robotic arm project receives another $10 million

The federal government is contributing $10 million to a project at The Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto to develop an image-guided robotic surgical arm designed for paediatric patients. The $29- million project, dubbed KidsArm, is expected to have commercial benefits either through new start-ups or other revenue-generating activities. The funding through the Federal Economic…

CSA provides $8 million for 26 R&D contracts

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has announced 26 R&D contracts worth more than $8 million as part of its Space Technology Development Program. The projects involve 13 companies, a research institute (National Optics Institute) and Laval Univ. The firms are exploring technology niches in the areas of telecommunications, spacecraft design, laser sensors and others. MPB…

MDA signs imagery data deal with ESA

MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd has signed a $4.6-million contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for data to be used in ice and disaster mapping applications. The data will be delivered over a 15-month period and used for environmental monitoring, ice and resource mapping, disaster management and marine surveillance….

CSA awards MDA $1.8 million for concept design solutions

The Canadian Space Agency has awarded a $1.8-million contract to MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd (MDA) to deliver “concept design solutions” in support of Canadian planning for potential participation in global space exploration. The contract is the third made to MDA by the CSA since the government blocked the sale of Richmond BC-based firm’s space…

CSA contributes to ESA, signs MDA contract

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has agreed to contribute $15.8 million to the European Space Agency (ESA) to ensure continued input on the agency’s direction and access to satellite imagery and data. The agreement was made during a two-day meeting of the ESA council in The Hague. The Canadian investment comes as the CSA gears…

CSA awards $109-million contract to MDA

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd (MDA) a $109-million contract over four years to continue its logistics, engineering and technology services for the mobile servicing robotics system on the International Space Station. The announcement came hours after Industry minister Jim Prentice confirmed his decision to block the sale of…