Intelsat Becomes Anchor Customer for MDA’s Orbital Refueling Plan

Intelsat Signs Up for Satellite Refueling Service
Space News

Satellite fleet operator Intelsat has agreed to be the inaugural customer for a novel system to refuel satellites in orbit being developed by MDA Corp. of Canada, agreeing to purchase one-half of the 2,000 kilograms of fuel that the spacecraft would carry into orbit for other satellites, industry officials said March 14.

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MDA to Provide Solutions for Cygnus Capture and Mating

Artist's conception of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus freighter approaching the International Space Station.

MDA PRESS RELEASE

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that it has signed a multi-million dollar contract amendment exercising an option on the contract announced January 19, 2010. MDA will provide Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital) with solutions to enable capture and mating of the Cygnus(TM) cargo delivery spacecraft to the International Space Station.

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CSA Awards Lunar Rover Prototype Contracts to MDA, Neptec Design Group

CSA PRESS RELEASE
Nov. 25, 2010

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is awarding two contracts valued at $11.5 million each to MDA and Neptec Design Group of Ottawa. Each company will develop two fully functional terrestrial prototypes of a lunar rover that could one day be part of a future space exploration mission. The investment flows from the Government of Canada’s 2009 Economic Action Plan, and aims to accelerate the development of terrestrial prototypes and their associated technologies to prepare Canada to play a credible role in future international exploration opportunities.
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MDA to Provide Capture Interface for Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus Freighter

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MDA PRESS RELEASE

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that it has received a $2.4M (USD) contract from Orbital Sciences Corporation to provide a critical interface that will enable capture and mating of the Cygnus cargo delivery spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). The contract also contains an option to purchase additional units for follow-on operational missions worth at least $4.0M (USD).

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MDA Gets $46 Million CAD Contract for Exploration Tech

MDA PRESS RELEASE

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, has received a $46 million (CAD) [$42 million USD] contract from the Canadian Space Agency to develop the next generation technologies and prototypes for international space exploration and spacecraft servicing missions. The contract also includes options for an additional $4 million of prototypes.

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Odyssey Moon Announces Corporate Partnerships With Four Top Companies

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ODYSSEY MOON PRESS RELEASE

Google Lunar X PRIZE contender Odyssey Moon Limited announced today that top industry leaders Near Earth LLC, WPP Group, Aon and Milbank have joined its corporate team. Odyssey Moon intends to become the first private company to supply payload delivery services to the Moon in support of science, exploration and commerce. This is the first time such major organizations have come together to support a commercial Moon venture.

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A Year After Its Near Sale, Canada’s MDA Hoping for Bigger Chunk of U.S. Market

2009: A space oddity
Ottawa Business Journal

MDA said it could not generate enough business in the U.S. from its position in Canada, which is why it offered up the technology to Minnesota-based Alliant Techsystems Inc.

“We have been frustrated in that area,” added Steve Oldham, vice-president of business development for MDA Space Missions, in a separate phone interview. “The U.S. space market is larger, but the U.S. has a strong philosophy of buying space within American space companies, so it’s hard for a Canadian company to compete.”

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