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MDA wins contract for initial design phase of lunar rover



MDA wins contract for initial design phase of lunar rover

Press release from: MDA
Posted: Thursday November 11 2021

MDA Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a leading provider of advanced technologies and services to the growing global space industry, today announced that it has been awarded a contract from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to undertake an initial design phase A study for a Canadian Lunar Rover mission to the moon.

As part of the CSA’s Lunar Exploration Accelerator (LEAP) program, the lunar rover will advance eight key technologies that are the building blocks of planetary rovers, including mobility, communications, operations, control thermal for lunar night survival, electricity generation and storage, and more autonomous semi-autonomous operations.

The rover will perform its mission at the Moon’s South Pole, providing the ability to explore resources in permanently shaded regions, including lunar birds and water ice, as well as thermal and radiological safety analysis for future human lunar landings.

MDA assembled a world-renowned team of Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and scientific and academic experts to deliver the LEAP Lunar Rover, paving the way for Canada to establish technologies and capabilities that power future chains commercial lunar supply.

Technology team: Space mission control services; CTA (Center for Advanced Technologies BRP-UdeS); National Optics Institute (INO); Clearpath Robotics; Kepler Communications; Xiphos Systems Company; Delton Innovations Ltd .; NASA Ames Research Center; University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies; and Carleton University.

Scientific team: York University; Western University; Concordia University; University of Hawaii; Stoney Brook University; Ingenium, Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation; and the Natural History Museum. The team will be led by Professor Michael Daly of York University.

Public awareness, education and engagement: Felix & Paul Studios; and space mission control services.

– Mike Greenley, CEO, MDA

“The scientific data collected during this mission will position Canada at the forefront of planning and prospecting for lunar resources, and will ensure that members of the Canadian science team contribute to an international effort with measurements, unique and important data sets and interpretations. This opportunity will also allow us to train the next generation of Canadian planetary scientists and engineers and increase the capabilities of our scientific community. “

– Professor Michael Daly, Director of the Center for Research in Earth and Space Science and York Research Chair in Planetary Science, York University



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