On the heels that Canada has officially signaled its intent to use the International Space Station (ISS) through 2020, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has announced a contract amendment with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
The contract amendment for the Mobile Servicing System runs through March 2013 and is valued at $14.7 million bringing the total contract value to $152.7 million.
MDA developed the Mobile Servicing System under contract to the CSA as Canada’s contribution to the ISS. The contract is for logistics and sustaining engineering requirements for the Mobile Servicing System.
The Mobile Servicing System includes the Canadaram2, Dextre, the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, and the Mobile Base System.
The Mobile Servicing System is essential to ISS operations supporting on-going maintenance of the station, scientific research as well as support for berthing of visiting spacecraft.