Briefing

Ottawa selects MDA to build next Canadarm

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The robotic arm is designed to perform tasks without humans as part of the U.S.-led Lunar Gateway project, which aims to send humans deeper into space than ever before. (The Logic)

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Talking point: This deal comes six months after a Canadian group including Jim Balsillie bought MDA from Colorado-based Maxar Technologies for $1 billion and promised to return the firm’s corporate headquarters to Canada. Friday’s government announcement emphasized the made-in-Canada aspects of this, stating that the build will “ensure the participation of the broader Canadian supply chain and help motivate investments in key industrial capabilities within Canada’s space sector.” MDA built the first two Canadarms for the U.S. Space Shuttle and International Space Station.