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Geospatial community says international partnerships key to Canada’s future in space

This is a Mosaic of Canada which is made from 121 images captured by Canadian satellite RADARSAT-2.

It doesn't matter what space tech Canada is working on deploying; our country still finds a vibrancy in leveraging international partnerships to get things done in orbit, according to experts at the GeoIgnite online conference. In a panel Wednesday (July 23) about the future of Canada's geospatial sector, executives from the geospatial community working in industries ranging from Earth observation to robotics talked about our …

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MDA hit with labour strife as union votes to strike

MDA union votes to strike

Montreal union members at MDA – the Canadian company confirmed less than two weeks ago as the probable builder of the Canadarm3 space robotic arm – have voted 87 percent in favour of a strike mandate. The Space Systems Engineers and Scientists Association cites "arbitrary and abusive practices", job insecurity and "loss of expertise" among the issues facing union members at the Canadian company, which …

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Canadian Space Agency Awards $9M in Technology Contracts

Canada in Space

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced on Twitter yesterday the first round of contracts for its Space Technology Development Program AO 6. All told, the CSA awarded $9 million in 14 contracts to 8 companies. MDA was the recipient of 6 contracts valued at just over $3.5 million. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, …

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Former Space Station Commander Tim Kopra joins MDA

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra poses inside the cupola module onboard the International Space Station. Kopra, who was born in Austin, Texas, is the commander of Expedition 47 and previously served as a flight engineer during Expeditions 46 and 20

Tim Kopra, a former Army Colonel, helicopter pilot, NASA astronaut and International Space Station Commander, has joined MDA as the Vice President, Robotics and Space Operations. Kopra joins MDA from Blue Bear Capital where he was a partner and advisor. According to the MDA press release, Blue Bear Capital, a private equity firm, “invests in high-growth technology companies and start-ups across the energy, infrastructure and …

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MDA to boldly go …. again

MDA and Canada

On the eve of 2020, followers of the Canadian space industry were greeted with exciting news. Northern Private Capital, a Toronto-based investment consortium, had reclaimed a national asset by buying MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) for an eye-popping $1 billion.

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