Organization: MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates

MDA shifts ownership to new US-based operating firm

MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates has restructured, shifting control to SSL MDA Holdings Inc — a Delaware registered, San Francisco-based operating company. The move circumvents the Investment Canada Act that was used in 2008 to stop MDA from selling its space assets to Alliant Techsystems (R$, March 27/08). Transport minister Marc Garneau was one of the…

COM DEV wins $39-million telescope camera contract

COM DEV International Ltd has been awarded a $39-million contract from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to build a specialized camera for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) — a follow-on to the Hubble telescope slated for a 2013 launch. The fine guidance sensor and tunable filter camera is the first production mandate for COM…

TPC doles out $32.3 million to six BC companies

Technology Partnership Canada (TPC) has announced six new awards worth $32.3 million to British Columbia-based companies. The largest award of $10 million was made to fSONA Communications Corp, Richmond, for the development of high bandwidth wireless technologies. Azure Dynamics Corp, Vancouver, received $9 million to develop and test hybrid electric vehicle technologies for commercial vehicles…