The Canadian Area Company has awarded a contract value $35.3-million to MDA Ltd. to design a key part of Canadarm 3.
The funds can be used to design Gateway Exterior Robotics Interfaces or grapple fixtures for Canadarm 3, which is Canada’s contribution to the United States-led Lunar Gateway, a small area station that can orbit the moon.
The contract is a follow-on to the primary part of interface work awarded in August 2019. A building part will doubtless be awarded in a few yr.
The primary parts of Gateway will launch in 2024, with Canadarm 3 scheduled to launch two years later.
The contract is the third awarded to MDA for the multi-phase Canadarm 3 program valued at greater than $1-billion.
Canadarm flew on 90 area shuttle missions after debuting in 1981. Canadarm 2 has been working on the Worldwide Area Station for greater than 20 years.
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