MDA wins contract to build Canada’s next-generation robotic arm

According to a report, the government had recently announced through a news release that it intends to sign a contract with MDA to build the Canadarm3

MDA wins contract to build Canada’s next-generation robotic arm
MDA wins contract to build Canada’s next-generation robotic arm

MDA wins contract to build Canada’s next-generation robotic arm

The Canadian Space Agency has awarded a pre-phase A contract to MDA for building Canadarm3, which is Canada’s next-generation robotic arm. It is the primary Lunar Gateway contract awarded under Canada’s $2.05 billion future commitment to the Moon.

According to a report, the government had recently announced through a news release that it intends to sign a contract with MDA to build the Canadarm3. The Canadarm3 is supposed to be Canada’s next-generation robotic arm. It will incorporate advanced software, including artificial intelligence (AI).

The advanced software will allow the robotic arm to function independently once it receives commands from Earth-based ground stations or by astronauts on the Lunar Gateway. The government also announced that Canadarm3 won’t solely be an MDA product.

The government said that it will involve the application of the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy. It will help make sure the participation of the broader Canadian supply chain and help motivate investments in key industrial capabilities within Canada’s space sector.

It is expected that with the involvement of the policy, many smaller suppliers around the country will get a piece of the action. The contract comes less than a month after the government announced that MDA had been selected to be the prime contractor for Canadarm3.